John Marker has been appointed to the State Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

WINCHESTER — John R. Marker, co-owner of Marker-Miller Orchards Farm Market & Bakery at 3035 Cedar Creek Grade in Frederick County, has been reappointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to a second four-year term on the state Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

“We take it seriously,” Marker said on Monday about the board. “We try to do as much advising as we can.”

Marker, 70, is part of a group of liaisons tasked with relaying information about farmer and consumer struggles to the governor’s office, sometimes requiring trips to Richmond.

The reappointment was one of several dozen recently announced by the governor.

“The appointees will join McAuliffe’s administration focused on finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will build a new Virginia economy and create more jobs across the [c]ommonwealth,” a news release from the governor’s office states.

Marker said the primary challenges in contemporary farming that he tries to convey to state government officials deal with regulations and labor issues.

“Labor is one of the big things,” Marker said. “[Farming is] hard work … it’s hot and dirty a lot of times, but it needs to be done.”

Marker was first appointed in 2013 and will serve his next term through 2021.

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