One of the most important parts of being an Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent with the VCE is going on farm visits to assist producers and hobbyists in reaching their goals or overcoming a problem. In Patrick County, some of the main commodities produced are cattle, tobacco, and fruit from orchards so farms producing these products consumed most of our time. Agents try to maintain a positive and constructive relationship with most of the producers within their county. To achieve this, they must reach out and help the farm owners in whatever task they are trying to complete. For example, in Patrick County, there is a producer who just inherited a large farm and they have very little experience operating a farm. Travis Bunn, the Ag agent, worked diligently to assist them in areas such as livestock management, financial stability, and other decision-based areas. With his help, they were able to improve their operation and maintain a successful production livestock operation. At times, problems will occur on a farm and the agent will be responsible, with the farm owner’s request, to come out and examine the problem and offer solutions to these problems. Occasionally, the agent will need to reach out to an expert or professional in areas such as crop diseases, herbicide application and details, and other areas. Travis Bunn and I are more knowledgeable about livestock, cattle primarily, and when questions arise pertaining to crop and soil questions, we have to reach out to Virginia Tech experts on areas such as diseases, crop intervals, and other production based questions. These farm visits allow the agents to gain relationships throughout the community they work in and assist the farmers in gaining high yields, overcome difficulties, and improve the overall quality of the operation.