Over 160 producers and agriculture industry professionals gathered at the 2013 Virginia Grains and Soybean Annual Conference on February 19-20th, at the Williamsburg Woodlands Conference Center.
The two-day annual conference focused on Virginia agriculture issues such as new seed traits, the effects of climate on agriculture, pressures on production & profitability, estate planning, production tools for Virginia farms, as well as a presentation on the agricultural priorities of the McDonnell Administration given by Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Todd Haymore. The Annual meetings of the Virginia Grain Producers Association and Virginia Soybean Association were also held during conference.
Evelyn Browning-Garriss, of The Browning Newsletter, delivered a captivating presentation on long-term climate forecasts, and how the agriculture industry can protect their interests and profit from opportunities presented by changing climate.
L. Ashley Brooks of the law firm Jones, Jones & Dunn, gave a presentation on the importance of estate planning for farm families and agricultural operations. Ashley highlighted the pros and cons of different avenues of estate planning, and stressed the importance of these plans for the future of agriculture.
During VGPA's business meeting portion of the conference, association leadership for 2013 was announced and O. Bryan Taliaferro of Center Cross, VA was named as VGPA President. Awards were presented to the 2012 Virginia corn, wheat and barley yield contest winners with David Hula being recognized as the Virginia 1st place and National 1st place winner of the No-Till/Strip Till Irrigated category of the corn yield contest with 384.3069 Bushels/ac. Craig Hula was recognized as the Virginia 1st place and National 1st place winner of the No-Till/Strip Till Non-Irrigated category of the corn yield contest with 308.9133 Bushels/ac.
Thanks 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.