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


Chairman- Jason Thurman
Crops- Daniel Austin
Dairy- Stephen Bray
Equine- Lynn Satalino
Tobacco- Connell McEnheimer
Produce-Mark Woods
Horticulture- Beverly Cox
Orchard- Katerine Adams

Virginia Cooperative Extension
90 East Court Street
Rocky Mount, VA  24151
Phone: 540-483-5161

VA Cooperative Extension


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


Cynthia Martel
Dairy Agent
E-mail: Cynthia Martel