REC Recognized as Agribusiness of the Year

Sept. 26, 2017

Company Honored for Long Commitment to Virginia Agricultural Community

REC received the 2017 Agribusiness of the Year Award from the Virginia Agribusiness Council. Council Board Chairwoman Bette Brand of Farm Credit of the Virginias presented the award at the 2017 Virginia Agribusiness Council Annual Meeting in Glen Allen, Va., on Sept. 13, 2017.

Each year, the Council acknowledges one of its members for outstanding contributions to Virginia's agribusiness industry and the Council. As a leading energy provider, REC has steadily grown to operate and maintain more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. REC also provides electric service to over 164,000 connections in portions of 22 Virginia counties.

Matt Faulconer, a Virginia Agribusiness Council Board member and also the Manager of External Affairs for REC, had this to say upon receiving the award, "REC began in 1935 as Farmers Rural Utilities, so the roots of our relationship with the agribusiness community are deep. While humbled by this recognition, we proudly support the men and women who literally grow Virginia's economy."

Delegate Bobby Orrock, who represents a large portion of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative's coverage area, had this to say about REC, "I am so pleased to congratulate REC on being named the Agribusiness of the Year. As a lifelong member of REC, I cannot say enough about their customer service and integrity in delivering dependable, affordable energy to our community. REC has maintained a stellar reputation over the years, especially within the agricultural community, so it definitely has earned the award and I hope to see it continue to prosper for years to come."

Throughout its long-time membership with the Council, REC has proven to be an outstanding supporter of the agribusiness industry through leadership involvement in the Council's Board of Directors, sponsorships, and active participation at industry events and activities.

Council President Katie Frazier commented, "Rappahannock Electric Cooperative has consistently demonstrated their commitment to its members, to agriculture and all the industries that REC supports. They have become a recognized partner and ally in the Commonwealth's number one industry of agriculture and forestry. We are pleased to recognize Rappahannock Electric Cooperative for their long-standing contributions to both the Council and Virginia agribusinesses, and look forward to a bright future for the company and their industry partners."

About The Virginia Agribusiness Council

The Virginia Agribusiness Council is a non-profit organization committed to representing the interests of the agriculture and forestry industries in the Commonwealth through effective governmental relations efforts and initiatives. Its membership includes farmers, foresters, and other agricultural producers; industry suppliers; marketers and processors; and commodity and industry associations. It is headquartered in Richmond. For more information, please visit


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