Jason Carter joined Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative as its new director of external affairs and communications on Jan. 17. He was most recently an independent consultant, working on issues ranging from the environment to land use and general agriculture.

An Appomattox County native, Carter is the former executive director of the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association, the commonwealth’s largest beef cattle association. In that capacity, he was the primary legislative liaison for the Virginia cattle and meat industry, working closely with representatives across various business sectors.

Before joining the cattlemen’s association, Carter was a Virginia Cooperative Extension agent in Augusta County, specializing in animal science. He worked extensively in the areas of livestock marketing and beef production systems evaluation and helped lead area 4-H and FFA livestock education.

He is a Virginia Tech graduate, earning his bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1995 and a master’s in agriculture science in 2011.

“Jason’s extensive work in the legislative field and contacts in the General Assembly will be a great benefit not only to our cooperative, but also to co-ops across the board,” SVEC President and CEO Greg Rogers said. “We are excited to have him join the co-op family.”

Carter plans to relocate to Augusta County in SVEC’s service territory.

—Report by Preston Knight, Event and Communication Manager, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative