Pittsylvania resident named Virginia Farmer of the Year
Virginia Cooperative Extension has named Robert Mills Jr. of Briar View Farm in Pittsylvania County as the 2017 Virginia Farmer of the Year.
Mills is one of 10 finalists for the overall Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo award that will be announced in October at the Sunbelt Expo farm show in Moultrie, Ga.
Mills’ Briar View includes 2,244 acres. He grows four types of tobacco, oversees an Angus-cross beef herd, raises pullet breeder chickens, and produces vegetables and winter wheat.
Mills is a member of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, the university’s governing authority.
The Danville native began farming as a teen by purchasing used farm equipment with assistance from his mother, who helped him secure a line of credit.
Mills earned his associate degree from Virginia Tech in agricultural technology and bought his first farm in 1998.