New display highlights agricultural commodities in Virginia

The Mecklenburg County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee made a presentation last week to the Virginia Welcome Center on Interstate 85 south of Bracey.

The committee purchased an interactive map of Virginia that highlights the different agricultural regions of the commonwealth and what commodities are produced in each to be set up as a permanent display in the Welcome Center.

“When visitors come into Virginia from North Carolina, this is the first Welcome Center they encounter,” said Women’s Committee member Betty Upton. “This display gives so much perspective on the commodities of Virginia, and that’s very important to us. The Women’s Committee’s goal is to promote agriculture.”

Upton said the huge poster of the state includes two sets of velcro cards, one set for younger children and another for older visitors, that can be placed on regions of the map where different agricultural commodities, both plants and livestock, are produced.

The display was purchased through the Virginia Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program, which includes a website which anybody can use to purchase agriculture-based educational materials and teaching aids.

The Women’s Committee members also participate annually in Ag Literacy Week, going into the schools and reading to students.

Featured Photo: Pictured third from right, Bracey Welcome Center Tourism Relations Manager Alice Vaughan talks about the new display with Janet Kimble and Tammy Maxey, with Mecklenburg County Women’s Committee members Betty Upton and Linda Matthews and Mecklenburg County Farm Bureau President Irvin Matthews. (Sarah Temple/South Hill Enterprise)