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January 20, 2015
LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS, PREPARING FOR DIRECT SALES

Giles County Rescue Squad, 175 Industrial Park, Pearisburg, Virginia

Join leaders in the local food industry as they discuss risk assessment for fresh produce safety, strategies of product marketing, secrets of pricing, value-added safety and regulation considerations. Produced by Virginia Cooperative Extension.

For more information or to register, contact Jeannie Dudding, Virginia Cooeprative Extension, at jdudding@vt.edu.

January 30 – 31, 2015
VIRGINIA BIOLOGICAL FARMING CONFERENCE
Doubletree by Hilton
1021 Koger Center Boulevard, Richmond, VA  23235

Join VABF & VSU in Richmond for the state’s premier gathering of organic producers and consumers. Join more than 500 passionate supporters of sustainable, organic food, farming and gardening will participate in sessions covering such topics as bio-intensive market gardening, livestock guardian dogs, edible landscaping, organic orchards, urban agriculture, multi-species grazing, succession planting and many more ecological agriculture interests.

January 31, 2015
VIRGINIA PUMPKIN GROWERS ASSOCIATION, ANNUAL MEETING AND PRODUCTION SEMINAR
Carroll County Complex, Hillsville

Contact:  Kevin Semones
Virginia Pumpkin Growers Association
497 Farmers Market Dr., Hillsville, VA 24343
274.728.5540
E-mail:  pumpkins@pumpkinva.org

INTRODUCTION TO WHOLE FARM PLANNING
Virginia State University
Various locations and dates, check website for details
January 29, Evington
February 19, Charles City
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.

February 2, 2015
MAKE NEW CONNECTIONS FOR PURCHASING LOCAL FOODS

Pearisburg

Contact: Jeannie Dudding

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

February 2-4 • VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion, Petersburg, VA
February 17-19 • Wedgewood Golf Center, Halifax, VA
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.

February 10, 2015
CARROLL/PATRICK AREA FRUIT GROWERS MEETING
Hungry Farmers Restaurant, Cana

Contact: Steve Pottorff
Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent
Virginia Cooperative Extension – Carroll County
205 Oak Street - Suite 102, Hillsville, Virginia  24343
E-mail:  pottorff@vt.edu
276.730.3113

February 11, 2015
ROANOKE AREA FRUIT SCHOOL
Brambleton Center, Roanoke

Contact: G. Andrew Allen (Andy)
Extension Agent ANR, Animal Science
Craig County VCE
24838 Craig Creek road
New Castle, VA 24127
Telephone: 540.864.5812, Fax: 540.864.6732 
Cell: 540.315.5135   
E-mail:  geallen@vt.edu

February 20-21, 2015
REGIONAL HORTICULTURAL CONFERENCE
Higher Ed Center Abingdon

Contact: Allen Straw
Area Specialist, Horticulture, Small Fruit and Specialty Crops
Abingdon, VA
931.261.0973
E-mail:  astraw@vt.edu

February 21, 2015
APPALACHIAN FARMERS MARKET ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Higher Ed Center Abingdon

Contact: Tamara McNaughton
Appalachian Sustainable Development
Agricultural Program Manager
Office 276.623.1121, Cell 828.284.2877
http://asdevelop.org

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

Conference educational programs will feature procurement training, supply chain distribution, food safety, school gardens, nutrition education and so much more. Stay tuned….more details and registration coming soon.

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