2016 Virginia Ag Expo Celebrates Southside Virginia's

Agricultural Diversity

 

Double "B" Farms Hosts Largest Agricultural Field Day in the Commonwealth

 

Dinwiddie, VA - On a pleasant August day in Dinwiddie, more than 1,800 farmers, agriculture industry professionals, and interested parties from across the mid-Atlantic gathered at the 2016 Virginia Ag Expo on August 4th at Double "B" Farms, run by Billy Bain.

    

This year's theme, "Celebrating Southside Virginia's Agricultural Diversity" reminds us of the important role a diverse agricultural economy plays in Virginia's rural economy, and highlights the hard working farmers that continue to meet the changing demands of a growing population.

 
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The 2016 Virginia Ag Expo at Double "B" Farms in Dinwiddie 

 

The event included more than 150 exhibitors on the farm displaying everything from GPS guided combines, to soil health products, the newest seed varieties, and agricultural finance services. The event provides an opportunity for farmers to learn more about the up-to-date farm equipment and technology for today's precision agriculture operations. Attendees enjoyed a full day of networking and time with exhibitors under the big tent representing nearly every facet of the agriculture industry.

 
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Over 150 Exhibitors Showcased the Latest in Agricultural Innovations

 

Governor Terry McAuliffe was the guest of honor at this year's Ag Expo --- marking the first time a sitting Governor has attended the Expo in many years. Governor McAuliffe discussed Virginia's dedicated investment in agricultural best management practices. The most recent state budget includes $61 million for agricultural best management practices, the largest single investment since the Water Quality Improvement Fund's creation in 1998. Funding will support technical assistance from Virginia's Soil and Water Conservation Districts as well as a cost-share program administered by the Department of Conservation and Recreation with the Districts.

 

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Governor McAuliffe Presents a Check Representing Virginia's $61 million Investment in Agricultural Best Management Practices 

 

Attendees had opportunities to learn from Virginia's leading agricultural researchers and extension agents during the field tours. Using demonstration plots, Cooperative Extension Agents offered technical advice on improving crop yields and other pressing issues in row crop farming, including:

  • Corn & Soybean Variety Plots
  • Demonstration Plots of: Peanuts, Cotton, Tobacco, Grain Sorghum, Sweet Potatoes, Forage & Cover Crops
  • Nematode & Weed Control Demo Plots
  • Live Feeder Calf Grading Demonstrations

 

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Secretary Haymore, Mike Parrish (VCE), and Governor McAuliffe Joined Farmers on the Field Tour 

   

We thank Billy Bain and all of his family members and workers that made such great hosts of this year's Ag Expo. Their diversified farm operation is a wonderful representation of Southside Virginia agriculture with over 3,500 acres of crops consisting of corn, soybeans, wheat, peanuts, cotton, forage, as well as a beef cattle herd. Double "B" Farms is representative of an ideal operation that focuses on innovation and diversification as it continues to grow into the future.

 
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Thank You to Billy Bain and Everyone at Double "B" Farms for Making Such Great Ag Expo Hosts 

 

Thank you 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.