Northam’s ability to appeal to rural landowners took another blow today at the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation endorsed Republican nominee Ed Gillespie — a significant endorsement watched by many in rural Virginia.

From the press release:

“The individuals we endorsed have demonstrated their support for farmers through their commitments in their platforms on specific issues, or their experience while holding positions in the General Assembly,” said Wayne F. Pryor, VFBF president and chairman of the VFBF AgPAC board of trustees. “We believe we have endorsed three candidates who involved farmers in determining their policy platforms and have stronger commitments on how they will continue to help agriculture and forestry remain viable and Virginia’s largest industry.”

For a long list of endorsements for Gillespie, click here.