The Virginia Agricultural Council was established by the General Assembly to provide a mechanism for financing agricultural research, education and services. Funding comes from assessments levied on certain agricultural supplies used by farmers. The council is also authorized to accept gifts and grants.
The council accepts requests for financial assistance from any organized group within, or serving, Virginia's agriculture industry. This includes suppliers, farmers, marketers, extension centers, colleges and universities.
The Virginia Agricultural Council is directed by 18 members, 15 of whom are engaged in farming and all appointed by the Governor. The ex-officio members include the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech and the Associate Vice President for Agriculture and Extension at Virginia State University. Council members meet at least twice each year.
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