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County Farm Bureaus, businesses promote agriculture with decorated hay bales

County Farm Bureaus, businesses promote agriculture with decorated hay bales

County Farm Bureaus, FFA chapters, 4-H clubs and agribusinesses in Virginia created a variety of displays with hay bales to compete in Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Hay Bale Decorating Contest.

The competition was sponsored by the VFBF Women’s Leadership Committee and ran from Sept. 1 through Nov. 1. County Farm Bureaus were encouraged to solicit entries from local businesses and organizations such as farmers markets and agricultural school groups.

“I am thrilled we keep receiving more entries each year,” said Faye Hundley, chairman of the VFBF Women’s Leadership Committee. “The creativity in the hay bale displays was outstanding! With entries depicting flowers, tractors, animals and farm safety practices, these eye-catching displays help tell our agriculture story.”

This year’s contest drew 47 entries—a record number. Winners were announced Dec. 3 during the 2019 VFBF Annual Meeting in Norfolk.
The winners were:

  • Best agribusiness, FFA or 4-H display: Franklin County 4-H Club
  • Best promotional display: Botetourt County Farm Bureau Women's Committee
  • Best agriculture-themed display: Wise-Dickenson County Farm Bureau
  • Most creative display: Fisher & Company in Tazewell County
  • Honorable mention for a farm safety display: Northampton County Farm Bureau
  • Convention favorite display: Page County 4-H Livestock Club


With 129,000 members in 88 county Farm Bureaus, VFBF is Virginia’s largest farmers’ advocacy group. Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonpartisan, voluntary organization committed to supporting Virginia’s agriculture industry.

Contact Pam Wiley, VFBF director of communications, at 804-290-1128.