VPC Supports IOW Agricultural Land Lab and Youth Ag Education

The Virginia Pork Council recently approved a project proposal from the Isle of Wight County Schools Agricultural Land Laboratory, providing a brand new livestock trailer, to promote opportunities for youth agriculture education.

The IOW Agricultural Land Laboratory is a unique, hands-on opportunity for students to learn about agriculture, as well as providing the opportunity to visit students of all ages and support youth showing swine. Jessica Cunningham, president of Virginia Pork Council states, “the VPC is honored and excited to be able to support the IOW Agricultural Land Lab. Funding for the trailer provided by the VPC will provide not only youth agriculture education, but also will provide opportunities to discuss animal health and welfare; to provide training for students in the form of PQA and TQA; and to continue the revitalization of the local Virginia FFA chapter. We look forward to continuing and growing partnerships like this in the future.”

The VPC will be joining representatives from the IOW Agricultural Land Lab at the IOW School Board meeting, taking place May 11, 2023 at Westside Elementary School, in Smithfield, VA, to advocate and promote youth agriculture education through funding a livestock trailer for transporting livestock, including swine, for educational purposes.

Learn more about the IOW Agricultural Land Lab HERE.

To learn more about how the Virginia Pork Council can support your agriculture and swine-related projects across the Commonwealth, check out the Call for 2023 Project Proposals HERE!