2018 Virginia Grains and Soybean Annual Conference

 

On behalf of both VGPA & VSA, we invite you to join us for the 2018 Virginia Grain and Soybean Annual Conference on February 20-21, 2018. 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. In response to increased interest, this year we will have a greatly expanded exhibit hall providing a larger and more prominent space for exhibitors and attendees to network.

 

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 two-day program, we have added even more breakout topics, speakers, and programming to help you run a strong, profitable operation. Our program will feature keynote speakers and topics certain to bring value to your operation, including:  Smithfield Foods' Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Commodity Hedging Officer Dhamu Thamodaran; The Port of Virginia's Mid-Atlantic Area Manager Kara Matzko; and FBI Counterintelligence Training Center Special Agents Mark Betten and Matthew Seckers discussing the topic of intellectual property security and the agriculture industry.

 

As always, your registration includes all meals including a full dinner that will follow the networking reception Tuesday evening, giving you additional time to network and spend time with colleagues and speakers.

 


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What's on the Agenda?

 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

 

10:30am Registration & Exhibitor Trade Show Opens

 

11:30am Lunch Buffet Opens

 

12:00pm Lunch & Commodity Market Speaker

Robert Harper, Grain Division Manager, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation

 

1:00pm Breakout Sessions - Choose One

Weed & Pest Management in Grain & Soybeans

Charlie Cahoon & Michael Flessner, Virginia Tech

Soil Health Strategies for Increased Yields

Chris Lawrence, NRCS Cropland Agronomist & Dr. Mark Reiter, Eastern Shore AREC

Opportunities & Challenges on the Horizon

Dicamba Update from Monsanto

Rapeseed & Organic Opportunities for a Profitable Rotation, Jeff riddell, Perdue AgriBusiness

 

2:15pm Break & Visit with Exhibitors

 

 

2:30pm Breakout Session Repeated - Choose One

 

3:45pm Break & Visit with Exhibitors

 

4:00pm Globalization of Agriculture & Commodities

Dhamu Thamodaran, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Commodity Hedging Officer of Smithfield Foods

 

5:00pm Reception & Networking in the Exhibit Hall

 

6:00pm Awards Dinner

 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

 

7:30am Breakfast Buffet Opens

 

8:00am Annual Meetings, Elections, and Reports

 

8:30am Speaker TBD: Updates from the New Administration

 

9:30am Break & Visit with Exhibitors

 

10:00am Managing Security Risks in Agricultural Trade

Special Agent Matthew Seckers, FBI, Richmond Division and Special Agent Mark Betten, Unit Chief for the FBI's Counterintelligence Training Center, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA

 

11:00am The Agriculture Industry and the Port of Virginia: Growing New Markets

Kara Matzko, Mid-Atlantic Area Manager, Port of Virginia

 

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, 2018 by calling 1-888-627-7786. Reference the "Grain & Soybean Annual Conference" rate. You may also visit:

https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/VGASA2018
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Important Links

 

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Printable Individual Registration

 

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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, 2018 by calling 1-888-627-7786. Reference the "Grain & Soybean Annual Conference" rate.

 

Click Here to Book Online