Virginia Farm Bureau Federation named Chelsea Bickley, of Kents Store, the 2019 Virginia Farm Bureau Ambassador at its annual Women’s Spring Conference in Bristol, Va. on March 30.
The Farm Bureau Ambassador program recognizes young adults for their interest and achievements in agriculture, and provides an opportunity to serve as an ambassador for agriculture and the farm bureau. Finalists are nominated by their county farm bureaus.
Bickley is the daughter of Cynthia Bickley and the late Robert Bickley. She grew up on her family’s farm, where they raise beef cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat, barley and hay. She has helped care for cattle, operated equipment and assisted with maintenance work. The former 4-H president and Future Farmers of America chapter president graduated second in her class at Louisa County High School and is pursuing a degree in animal science at Virginia Tech. She is active in the university’s Block and Bridle Club, Beef Leadership Council and Collegiate Young Farmers chapter.
She hopes to earn a master’s degree in agricultural education, and become an agriculture teacher.
“FFA and 4-H were big parts of my life and gave me so many amazing opportunities. Now, I’d like to be able to share those opportunities with others in the programs,” Bickley said.
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s May 2, 2019 issue.