Nearly 175 producers and agriculture industry professionals gathered at the 2012 Virginia Grains and Soybean Annual Conference on February 23rd at the Williamsburg Marriott Conference Center.
The day-long annual conference focused on Virginia agriculture issues such as new seed traits, pressures on production & profitability presented by Virginia Tech researchers, and production tools for Virginia farms. Virginia’s Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry Todd Haymore kicked off the conference highlighting the agricultural priorities of Governor McDonnell’s administration. The Annual meetings of the Virginia Grain Producers Association and Virginia Soybean Association were also held during conference.
Keynote speaker, Richard Brock of Brock and Associates, provided a captivating and informative keynote address on grain and economic trends, marketing opportunities, and challenges for the future.
Participants shared a sustainable luncheon and heard from Angela Harris with the Ford Motor Company on the company's commitment to eco-friendly initiatives used in the construction of Ford vehicles, including agricultural products from soybeans to wheat straw to coconuts.
During VGPA's business meeting portion of the conference, association leadership for 2012 was announced and E. Philip Hickman, III of Horntown, VA was elected as VGPA President. Awards were presented to the 2011 Virginia corn, wheat and barley yield contest winners with David Hula of Renwood Farm also being recognized as the National First Place Winner in the No Till/Strip Till Irrigated Class with 429.02 bushels, and Justice Family Farms also being recognized as the National First Place Winner in the Non-Irrigated Class with 288.48 bushels.
Thanks to all who attended and took time to participate in our industry, and special thanks to our sponsors that made this year's event possible.