2017 Virginia Grains and Soybean Annual Conference

 

On behalf of both VGPA & VSA, we invite you to join us for the 2017 Virginia Grain and Soybean Annual Conference on February 21-22, 2017. The conference will span two days and is being held at the Richmond Westin Hotel to provide a convenient, comfortable and inviting environment for our attendees and their families.

 

Many of you have been with us since we began the Annual Conference more than 30 years ago. The agriculture industry has seen many changes in the years since our first conference, but one thing remains the same: the Virginia Grain & Soybean Annual Conference continues to serve as a valuable educational, networking, and business planning resource for Virginia farmers large and small.

 

Following the success of last year's expanded program, we have added even more breakout topics, speakers, and programming to help you run a strong, profitable operation. Complementing our slate of breakout sessions, our program will feature two keynote speakers: grain marketing expert Matthew Bennett, and co-founder of Global Weather and Climate Logistics, Eric Snodgrass.

 

We will host a raffle to benefit Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom, as well as a full dinner open to all attendees and included in your ticket price. This will follow the networking reception Tuesday evening and gives you additional time to network and spend time with colleagues and speakers.

 


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What's on the Agenda?

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

 

10:30am Registration & Exhibitor Trade Show Opens

 

11:30am Lunch Buffet Opens

 

11:45pm Welcome & Introductions

 

12:00pm Lunch & Keynote Speakers

National Corn Growers Association Leadership

American Soybean Association Leadership

 

1:00pm Breakout Sessions - Choose One

Fertilizer Strategies for Productive Soil

Production Cost Decisions and Your Bottom Line

Commodity Checkoff: Building Markets and Growing Your Industry

 

2:30pm Breakout Session Repeated - Choose One

 

4:00pm The Impact of Changing Times on Your Bottom Line

Agricultural Economics: An Update from the Federal Reserve

Foreign Trade's Impact on Virginia Farms

Politics: A National Perspective

 

5:00pm Reception & Networking in the Exhibit Hall

 

6:00pm Awards Dinner & Raffle to Benefit Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

 

7:00am Breakfast Buffet Opens

 

7:30am Annual Meetings, Elections, and Reports

Virginia Grain Producers Association Annual Meeting

Virginia Corn Board Project Report

Virginia Small Grains Board Project Report

Virginia Soybean Association Annual Report

 

8:00am Special Guest: Virginia Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry Basil Gooden

 

8:45am Keynote Speaker: Eric Snodgrass and the Wild Side of Weather

 

10:30am Keynote Speaker: Matthew Bennett on Grain Marketing from a Producer's Perspective

 

11:15pm Interactive Question & Answer Session with Matthew Bennett

 

12:00pm Closing Comments & Adjourn

 

Where Can I Stay?

We have reserved a room block at the Richmond Westin at the discounted price of $129 per night. Reservations must be made on or before February 6, 2017 by calling 1-888-627-7786. Reference the "Grain & Soybean Annual Conference" rate. You may also visit: www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/2017VGASAC

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Important Links

 

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Printable Individual Registration

 

Click Here For Sponsor Opportunities & Registration

 

Click Here For Donation Information for the Ag in the Classroom Raffle

 

Conference Location

 

The Westin Richmond

6631 W Broad St

Richmond, VA 23230

 

Need A Hotel Room?

 

We have reserved a room block at the Richmond Westin at the discounted price of $129 per night. Reservations must be made on or before February 6, 2017 by calling 1-888-627-7786. Reference the "Grain & Soybean Annual Conference" rate.

 

Click Here to Book Online