Dee Cook | Virginia Farm Bureau
Dee Cook is Virginia Farm Bureau's Membership Development Specialist. She has 20+ years of business development experience that included training and coaching for Non-Profit organizations that serve to improve the quality of life for Americans as well as For-Profit organizations striving for top-line growth by way of service excellence.
Her appreciation for agriculture was reinforced as a child living in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and enhanced by a journey to Belize decades later when she became intensely aware of our need to raise the consciousness in America of our local food resources. She continues to return to Belize to study their agriculture model for ensuring the food supply in this third world country.
Her passion for ensuring the future of farming in America, and a stable food supply for generations to follow us, led her to Virginia Farm Bureau more than four years ago. She recognizes the power of the Farm Bureau to protect our local farms and ensure a healthy, abundant, local food supply that will keep us from a growing dependency on foreign foods as well as the increased risk associated with foods from foreign countries and transportation.
She declares her mission for the benefit of her grandchildren and their children. She recognizes America's children are growing up in a fast-paced world that takes food for granted. Also, the U. S. Census Bureau reports that we are soon to be faced with a population explosion while there are fewer farms with each passing year. This an opportunity for our children to be enlightened to embrace agriculture entrepreneurship as a future, profitable career opportunity. Agriculture education is critical at this time.