2014 Virginia Grains and Soybean Annual Conference



The Virginia Grain Producers Association and the Virginia Soybean Association are proud to partner again this year to host the 2014 Virginia Grains & Soybean Annual Conference.


This year's conference will be a two day event focusing on key tools for grain producers to maximize margins and profitability both today and plan for the future. Farmers and agriculture industry professionals will gather at the 2014 Virginia Grains and Soybean Annual Conference on February 18-19, at the Doubletree by Hilton Williamsburg Hotel. A limited number of hotel rooms at our discounted group rate are available, click here for reservation information.

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2014 VGPA/VSA Annual Conference

Schedule of Events


Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Registration & Exhibitor Trade Show Opens (Refreshments Served) 11:30am


Welcome & Introductions 1:00pm


Pest Management: Kudzu Bug & Other Issues  

Dr. Ames Herbert, Professor of Entomology, Virginia Tech and Dr. Dominic Reisig, Asst. Professor of Entomology, NC State


Legislative Update

Katie Frazier, President, Virginia Agribusiness Council


A Growing Field: Value Added Grain Opportunities

Rick Wasmund, The Copper Fox Distillery; Billy Dawson, Bay’s Best Feed, VDACS – Charles Green, Dan Brann


Commodity Market Dynamics

 Dhamu Thamodaran, Smithfield Foods


Reception & Networking 5:30 – 6:30 pm



Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Registration & Exhibitor Trade Show Opens  8:00am (Continental Breakfast Provided)


Welcome and Introductions 8:30am


Research Panels on New Seed Traits, Production Tools and Trends to Maximize Margins and Profitability

Dr. Wade Thomason, Wynse Brooks & Limei Liu


Soybean Sustainability Presentation

Shawn Conley, Soybean & Wheat Extension Specialist, University of Wisconsin--Madison


Federal Update on Chesapeake Bay Issues

Gary H. Baise is an Illinois farmer and trial attorney at the law firm Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC


Awards Luncheon 12:00pm

Yield Contest Winners

VGPA Annual Meeting

Association Report

Virginia Corn Board Report

Virginia Small Grains Report


Virginia Soybean Association Annual Meeting

 Association Report



Presentation from the New Governor's Administration


Adjourn 3:00pm

Research Panels on New Seed Traits, Production Tools and Trends to Maximize Margins and Profitability

Important Links


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Printable Individual Registration


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Conference Location


Williamsburg Doubletree

50 Kingsmill Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185



Need A Hotel Room?


Rooms at the Williamsburg Doubletree are Available

Under Our Special Group Rate

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Thu, Aug 07 2014

Virginia Ag Expo

The Annual Virginia Ag Expo held at Bleak House Farms in Lottsburg, VA

Fri, Aug 08 2014

Virginia Grain Open Golf Tournament

Held at Piankatank River Golf Club in Hartfield, VA