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INTRODUCTION TO WHOLE FARM PLANNING
Virginia State University
Various locations and dates, check website for details
February 26, Keysville
March 12, Warsaw
March 26, 2015, Suffolk

This introductory workshop is designed for beginning farmers and ranchers to establish and sustain viable agricultural operations thorough whole farm planning programs. Five workshops have been scheduled so participants may select the location and date that is most convenient.

AGRIBUSINESS PRODUCTION & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR LIMITED RESOURCE FARMERS
Course Dates and Online Registration

March 5-7 • Greensville Extension Office, Emporia, VA

Program will help farmers meet the mandatory USDA/FSA financial and production management borrower training requirements; assist in boosting farm profitability and income for farm families and local communities and offer hands-on training to farmers. Program will assist them in developing valuable skills in financial management and crop production. 
Contact Mike Wooden or Mark Klingman or call 804.524.5493 for more information.

March 7, 2015
SOUTHWEST
VIRGINIA AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION, INC., ANNUAL MEETING
Southwest Virginia 4-h Center, Abingdon

Contact: Andy Overbay, Ph. D.
Senior ANR Extension Agent & Unit Coordinator
121 Bagley Circle; Suite 434, Marion, VA  24354
Office 276.783.5175
Cell 276.223.2542
E-mail:  aoverbay@vt.edu

March 7 or 14, 2015
VIRGINIA CHRISTMAS TREE GROWERS ASSOCIATION, WINTER MEETING
Waynesboro

Contact: Jeff Miller, Secretary/Treasurer
Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association Inc (VCTGA)
540.382.7310 (Office) VCTGA
540.382.2716 (fax)
E-mail:  secretary@VirginiaChristmasTrees.org

March 9, 2015
Berry Production Conference at VSU
Virginia State University, Gateway Dining Hall
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Novice and veteran blueberry, blackberry and raspberry growers will learn about the latest research, production methods, marketing techniques and disease and pest management.

Registration fee of $20 includes lunch.  Register online by accessing the events calendar on the College of Agriculture’s website at www.agriculture.vsu.edu.   Click on Virginia Berry Production and Marketing Conference.

For more information or to secure special services or accommodations, contact Mollie Klein at 804.524.5960 or e-mail mklein@vsu.edu.

March 10 - 11, 2015
2015 VIRGINIA AGRITOURISM CONFERENCE ~
Agritourism in a Creative Economy
Stonewall Jackson Hotel
24 S Market Street; Staunton, VA 24401
540.885.4848

Conference will feature fresh ideas on event planning, marketing, zoning and conservation, food safety and experienced based tips and tricks to make your agritourism business a success in the evolving creative economy.  Program will feature on site tours.  A block of rooms will be available for special pricing.

March 13, 2015
VIRGINIA BERRY PRODUCTION AND MARKETING CONFERENCE
VSU L. Douglas Wilder Building Auditorium
Petersburg, VA

Program will highlight production practices of a wide variety of berries for the beginner to the advance berry producer.  Programs will include care and maintenance, diseases and insects, plus marketing strategies and more.

March 16-17, 2015
VIRGINIA SPECIALTY FOOD AND BEVERAGE EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE

Marriott Newport News City Center, Newport News, Virginia

Join industry leaders, including seasoned and successful Virginia manufacturers, new Virginia food and beverage companies, chefs, restaurateurs, retailers, distributors, food safety experts and sales and marketing specialists for an action packed two-day educational program that provides Virginia’s Finest food and beverage producers with specific tools to help grow their companies and expand their customer base. Nationally recognized industry experts host seminars and workshops focused on specialty food retailing trends, food safety, product pricing, distribution and promotions. Attendees will leave the conference with several practical ideas and techniques to take back and implement immediately.
MORE INFORMATION + REGISTER TODAY!

March 18, 2015
Learn to Build Fish Cages at VSU

VSU’s Cooperative Extension Pavilion located on 4415 River Road, Ettrick
1:30 pm to 5 pm

Cooperative Extension at Virginia State University will hold an aquaculture cage-building workshop to teach farm pond owners and fish farmers with farm ponds how to build cages for growing fish in ponds for fun or profit. Growing catfish in cages will be emphasized.

Participants will build cages during the workshop and learn about species to raise, cage design and location, and feeding and marketing.  Participants are encouraged to wear suitable clothing, bring a 25-foot tape measure and tin shears.  Leather gloves are also recommended.

To register or for more information, call Dr. David Crosby, VSU fish health specialist, at 804.524.5620 or e-mail dcrosby@vsu.edu.  Anyone needing special services or accommodations in order to participate should call in advance to discuss arrangements.

March 18 & 19, 2015
VIRGINIA FARM TO SCHOOL CONFERENCE
DoubleTree by Hilton
990 Hilton Heights Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

The conference educational programs will feature procurement training, supply chain distribution, food safety, school gardens, and community collaborations. Most importantly, this conference will provide a venue to showcase, network, and inspire. The conference seeks to provide a centralized voice in the Commonwealth that will create a more vibrant and sustainable farm to school program in Virginia.

Pesticide Training Schedule
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