VGPA Officers



Shane Horsley
Smithfield, VA

Shane is Director of Commodity Research & Hedging for Smithfield Foods, and also farms grain with his brother and father at Land of Promise Farms in Virginia Beach

Wayne Kirby
Studley, VA

Wayne's professionalism and leadership are an asset to VGPA. His operation, Creamfield Farm, produces corn, wheat and soybeans. He is active in the Ruritans and serves on the Colonial Farm Credit Board of Directors.
Jay Taliaferro
James City County, VA
More Information Coming Soon!
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Candice Wilson
West Point, VA
Candice is the office manager of Old Dominion Grain, a division of the Mennel Milling Company of Virginia.
Ronnie Gill 
Tappahannock, VA
Ronnie brings keen business sense to the Association's board.  An employee of Colonial Farm Credit, Ronnie stays active in his community and is involved in other organizations such as the Essex/Tappahannock Chamber of Commerce and the Tappahannock Rotary.


Tyler Franklin
Tappahannock, VA

Tyler returned to his family's farm operation in Essex County, VA in 2010. his family farms a little over 1,000 ares of grain crops and manages roughly 500 acres of timber along the Rappahannock River. His wife, Corbin, works as a gifted resource teacher in Hanover County. They welcomed their first child, Harper, in December 2014. Tyler is also involved with his local county Farm Bureau and the Virginia Soybean Association.
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Chris Atkins
Richmond, VA
Leveraging his experience and knowledge of the agriculture industry, VGPA's Leadership and Membership couldn't be in more capable hands!

VGPA Leadership Structure

VGPA officers, directors and delegates are elected each year at the VGPA Annual Business Meeting during the VGPA Annual Conference. Each VGPA Officer is elected for a one year term while each VGPA Director is elected for a three year term. The VGPA Board of Directors is comprised of both producer and industry members.

The officers, board and staff are responsible for aiding in the execution of the organization's policies, programs and strategic vision.

Are you interested in serving on the VGPA Board?

Email our Executive Director for more information.


Affiliated Leadership


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