The Past and Future of Virginia Agriculture Celebrated at the

2014 Virginia Small Grains Field Day


Warsaw, VA  - Over 175 members of the Virginia agriculture industry gathered May 15th for the 2014 Virginia Small Grains Field Day at the Eastern Virginia AREC in Warsaw, Virginia. The event featured many of Virginia's top agriculture researchers presenting wheat and barley cultivars, the latest agriculture technologies, and field trials on disease management, nitrogen use efficiency, and wheat yield validation.


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Dr. Saied Mostaghimi, Director of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, kicked off the program with remarks on the research currently in progress and the positive impact new and developing technologies will have on small grains producers.


Event speaker Bobby Grisso, commented on the Centennial Celebration of Virginia Cooperative Extension and spoke to its importance to the agriculture industry to Virginia, and both the past success and future plans of VCE.


Peter McGenity, CEO of Vireol Biofuels, spoke about his company's operations and plans for the ethanol plant in Hopewell. Mr. McGenity discussed their grain handling capabilities and intentions to purchase Virginia grains over the coming years.


The Virginia Agribusiness Council presented research and industry recognition awards to Dr. Wade Thomason and Mike Mayes. Both were recognized for their tireless and valuable contributions to the Virginia agriculture industry throughout their careers. 


The field plot tours & presentations included:

  • Durum and Bread Wheat - Dr. Limei Liu
  • Hulled and Hulless Barley - Wynse Brooks/Mark Vaughn
  • Nitrogen Use Efficiency Project - Dr. Wade Thomason
  • Soft Red Winter Wheat - Dr. Carl Griffey
  • Wheat Disease Management Update - Dr. Hillary Mehl
  • Wheat Yield Validation Project - Brian Ward

The annual educational event, hosted by the Virginia Grain Producers Association (VGPA) in cooperation with Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Small Grains Checkoff Board, offers grain producers and agribusinesses a unique opportunity to hear from industry experts. Events like the Field Day are a critical resource to keep farmers on the cutting edge as their industry requires them to constantly evolve and adapt to new technologies and react to ever-changing weather, environmental pressures,

and regulations.


VGPA would like to extend special thanks to Virginia Cooperative Extension for their hospitality and to the Virginia Small Grains Board and all our sponsors who made the 2014 Virginia Small Grains Field Day such a success.




The Virginia Grain Producers Association (VGPA) is a non-profit, farmer run state commodity association representing the corn and small grain producers of Virginia. The VGPA provides: representation for growers on a variety of issues, advocacy for Virginia grains, producer education, end-user relations, and public outreach. 

Thanks to Our Sponsors!


Dyna-Gro Seed

Old Dominion Grain Division of

Mennel Milling Company of

Virginia - West Point

The Scoular Company



BASF - The Chemical Company

Farm Credit

Perdue AgriBusiness

Prosaro Fungicide from Bayer Cropscience

Southern States Cooperative

Uni South Genetics

Virginia Crop Improvement Association

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services



DuPont Crop Protection

First Bank & Trust Company

The Mennel Milling Company of Virginia - Roanoke

U.S. Wheat Associates

VA Farm Bureau Federation


Weller & Associates Insurance



Dublin Farms, Inc. Horntown, Va



Department of Conservation & Recreation

DOW AgroSciences

USDA - Farm Service Agency

VIPGrains, LLC

Virginia Farm Bureau - Administrative Service & Products