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Pittsylvania County farmer re-elected to Farm Bureau board

Pittsylvania County farmer re-elected to Farm Bureau board

Pittsylvania County beef, poultry and tobacco producer Robert J. Mills Jr. of Callands was elected Dec. 5 to a fourth three-year term on the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation board of directors.

Elections of officers and directors were held during the VFBF 2020 Annual Meeting of Voting Delegates.

As a board member, Mills will represent Farm Bureau producer members in Campbell, Halifax and Pittsylvania counties.

He serves as chairman of the VFBF Poultry Advisory Committee and vice chairman of the VFBF Flue-Cured Tobacco Advisory Committee and is a member of the VFBF Livestock Advisory Committee.

Mills owns and operates Briar View Farms, which includes a pullet breeder operation that raises 34,000 birds annually for Perdue Farms and a 300-head cow-calf operation. He also grows conventional flue-cured and dark-fired tobacco, as well as organic flue-cured tobacco, industrial hemp and small grains.

He is a past president of the Pittsylvania County Farm Bureau and previously served on that organization’s board of directors. He also previously served as president of the board of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Mills serves on the boards of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and the Virginia Tobacco Growers Association. He is chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and a past member of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Mills was named Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Famer of the Year in 2017.

He and his wife, Cindy, have two sons, Logan and Holden.

With 130,000 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. View more Annual Meeting news as it becomes available at

Contact Pam Wiley, director of communications, at 804-291-6315.