Matt Lohr serves as Virginia’s 14th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. He was appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell on May 1, 2010.
Raised on a century farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Matt has been passionate about the agricultural industry his entire life. He was very active in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization, where he served as state president and national vice president in the early 1990's before graduating from Virginia Tech in 1995. Matt and his family currently operate a 250-acre farm that includes commercial poultry, beef, crops, and a "u-pick" pumpkin and corn maze agritourism operation.
Matt has been deeply involved in the farm bureau organization, winning the American “Excellence in Agriculture Award” in 2003. He also served several years as his county's farm bureau president and chaired the Rockingham County Planning Commission and School Board. From 2005 until 2010 Matt represented the 26th House District in the Virginia state legislature.
Matt has two children, ages 5 and 10, who love farm life and are developing their own passion for agriculture. They all stay very busy with sports, 4-H, school events, and numerous church activities.
"The VALOR program provides an avenue for premier training in communications and media relations, as well as strategies for working with elected officials, for current and future agricultural leaders. We need young folks in agriculture prepared to accept the growing challenges the industry faces. I am excited to help develop the curriculum and subject matter that will be in place to help our young leaders excel."
- Matt Lohr
Commissioner, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services