While her girlfriends were experimenting with different shades of nail polish, Whitney Perkins was getting dirt under her fingernails as she mucked horse stalls, fed cows, helped in the hay field and in the garden at her family’s farm in the Bells Crossroads area of Louisa County.
Her agriculture centered life started with 4-H, moved up to FFA at Louisa County High School and continues during her tenure at Virginia Tech where she is a member of the Class of 2014. Along the way she has collected many honors for her agricultural achievements including the title of 2013 Virginia Farm Bureau Ambassador.
“This honor means so much to me,” said Perkins after garnering the honor during the VFB Women’s Conference in Roanoke on March 23. “It will allow me to continue my passion of agriculture awareness throughout the state. Farm Bureau is already such a wonderful, well established ‘voice for agriculture,’ and I can’t wait to become part of their effort.”
The annual statewide competition is open to young adults who have a desire to be a spokesperson for agriculture and to represent Farm Bureau. The winner is awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the Women’s Committee and has the opportunity to make public appearances across the state.