Agricultural & Forestal Advisory Committee

Regular Meetings
The committee meets as needed; dates and times vary.

Meeting Notifications
Meetings are advertised in the local paper 2 weeks previous to the meeting date, and adjacent landowners affected by any pertinent issue on the docket are notified by mail by the Planning Department.

Workshop Notifications
Workshop dates and times are posted to the county website and workshops are open to the public. The news media is also notified of the workshop dates and times.
Members
  • Bill Cox, Landowner
  • David Moyer, Producer
  • Randall Ogle, Landowner
  • Bill Sifers, Producer

  • James B. Timberlake II, Commissioner of the Revenue
  • Carson Tucker, Board of Supervisor
  • Owen Walker, Producer/Landowner
  • Robert Harper, Landowner
  • Pam Pleasants, Landowner
Mission
  • The committee shall render expert advice as to the nature of farming and forestry and agricultural and forestal resources within the district and their relation to the entire locality.
  • The Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee’s mission reflects the policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia to conserve and protect and to encourage the development and improvement of agricultural and forestal lands for the production of food and other agricultural and forestal practices.
Appointment
The Board of Supervisors appoints 10 members to the Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee, not by district.
  • 4 are engaged in agricultural or forestal production
  • 4 are other landowners of the locality
  • 1 is the Commissioner of Revenue or the local government chief property assessment officer
  • 1 is a member of the local governing body
Staff Coordinator
The Department of Planning and Community Development acts as the staff coordinator for this board.

Terms
No term is required by the Code of Virginia, but the Board has established a 3-year term. The members of the committee shall be appointed by local governing body, and may be removed by the local governing body at any time without cause. There is no swearing in process.

Absences
Members who are absent for 2 consecutive meetings may be removed from the committee after review by the Board of Supervisors.

Requirements
An Agricultural and Forestal District must be created upon receipt of the first application to place properties in an Agricultural and Forestal District. (Reference § 15.2-4304 - Code of Virginia)

Compensation
Compensation is not permitted by the Code of Virginia; however members can be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenditures incurred in performing duties.