Board of Directors & Staff

2023 Board of Directors

Jay Abbott, Red Sun Farms, LLC, Dublin
Patrick Connelly, Landscape Supply, Inc., Midlothian
Trey Davis, Bayer CropScience, Richmond

Paul Franklin, Colonial Farm Credit, Mechanicsville
Gil Grattan, Virginia Green Lawn Care, Richmond

Lynn Graves, Graves Mountain Farm, Syria
Matt Hickman, Dublin Farms, Horntown
Jamie Hodnett, Syngenta Crop Production
Kern L. Houff, Houff Corporation, Weyers Cave
Ray Keating, Perdue Agribusiness, Chesapeake
Marlene Jolliffe, Meadow Event Park/ State Fair of Virginia, Doswell
Stewart T. Leeth, Smithfield Foods, Smithfield
Easton Loving
, WestRock, Fork Union
Wes Marshall, Marshall Farms, LLC, Weyers Cave
Robert N. Pemberton III, Cherry Dale Farms, Doswell
Douglas R. Phillips, Phillips & Turman Tree Farms, Indian Valley
Keith Phillips, First Bank & Trust Company, Harrisonburg
Lindsay Reames, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Co-op., Amelia
Jim Riddell
, Georgewood Farm, Estes Cattle, Mineral
Claiborne B. Roberts, Hastings Farm, Sandston
C.M. Saunders, III, Saunders Farms, Midlothian
G. Lea Scott, Universal Leaf Tobacco Co., Inc., Richmond
Daniel K. Shreckhise, Shreckhise Nurseries, Grottoes
Tom Taliaferro, Montague Farms, Inc., Center Cross
Ryan Turman, The Turman Group, Blacksburg
Andrew Vehorn, Va., Md. & Del. Assn. of Electric Co-ops., Glen Allen
Lake Wagner, Green Valley Poultry Farm, Abingdon
Lindsey Watson, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Fredericksburg

To submit a nomination for the Council's Board of Directors, please email us.

2023 Executive Committee

Chair, Jay Abbott

Vice Chair, Lindsay Reames

Secretary, Paul Franklin

Treasurer, Gil Grattan

Ex-officio, Marlene Jolliffe


Executive Director

   Cliff Williamson

Director of Member Services & Events

    Sonya N. Williams 

Please send membership inquiries to Jenny or email

Virginia Agribusiness Council
(804) 643-3555;
9323 Midlothian Turnpike, Suite T
 Richmond, Virginia 23235
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