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Virginia Cooperative Extension
90 East Court Street
Rocky Mount, VA  24151

Phone: 540-483-5161

Chris Brown
Agriculture/Natural Resources
E-mail: Chris Brown

Cynthia Martel
Dairy Agent
E-mail: Cynthia Martel

VA Cooperative Extension


Agriculture Development Board

The Agriculture Development Board of Franklin County was established in 2007 for the purposes of:

  • Promoting and enhancing the economic viability of production agriculture, forestry, and agribusiness.
  • Represent the agriculture community’s position on policy issues at the local, state, and federal level.
  • Provide advice and counsel to the Franklin County Board of Supervisors on policies relating to viability and sustainability of agriculture
  • Partner with other organizations to increase public understanding and awareness of state-of-the-art agricultural practices.
  • Expand agricultural educational programming and workforce development
  • Advocate and coordinate agricultural economic development, investment, marketing, and promotion activities
  • Establish a network of agricultural producers and suppliers to encourage diversification and strengthen the agricultural infrastructure.
  • Promote agritourism

Members & Board Appointments

Jason Thurman, Chairman
Ethan Cundiff
Mark Woods
Katherine Adams
Tim Durham
Mike Burnette
Chris Brown