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2017 Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade





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Overhead Costs to Employ Agricultural Guest Workers

***Update: The Event has been cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew. We hope to reschedule for the Spring Semester.

Jillian Broadwell, Communication Specialist, Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

Please join us this Friday for a webinar with Dr. Derek Farnsworth, Ph.D.!

Dr. Farnsworth is an Extension Economist at the University of Florida and we look forward to sharing his insights as we broadcast the event live! Please find details for accessing the webinar below.


Friday, October 7, 2016 

3:00 – 4:00 pm, EST

How to join the meeting

Step 1.   Go to the meeting URL:

The WebEx meeting room will open by 2:30 pm EST for testing.  Enter your name and email address.  The meeting will begin promptly at 3:00 pm EST.  First-time WebEx users will be prompted to download and install the WebEx plug-in.  Once installed, you will be taken to the meeting Quick Start screen.

Step 2.  After joining the meeting, choose an audio option to hear the audio portion of the meeting.  Use the Call Me option with a telephone or the Call Using Computer option with your computer’s speakers or a headset.  You will not need a microphone or webcam for this meeting.

See the links below for more details about WebEx audio options.

A note about the WebEx plug-in for VA Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The WebEx plug-in will not install if you do not have administrative rights on your PC.  To confirm you can install the WebEx plug-in, go to to join a WebEx test meeting.

If you do not have the correct privileges to download and install the WebEx plug-in, you should see a link on the WebEx set-up screen that says, “Run a temporary application to join this meeting immediately.” If you click that link the WebEx Meeting window will display without the plug-in being installed.

Consult with the IT professional for your organization for assistance.



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2016 Virginia Market Maker News, Update#2: Virginia Market Maker is on the road and coming to a near you!

Kim Morgan (, Assistant Professor, Agricultural & Applied Economics (540) 231-3132

MarketMaker, a web-based portal that serves as a virtual marketplace for producers, distributors, and sellers, and buyers of agricultural products, seeks to provide farm-to-fork access to participants in the food supply chain. Continue reading

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2016 Winter Forage Conferences to Feature Experts on Tall Fescue

Theme: Tall Fescue in the 21st Century: Understanding and Managing Tall Fescue in Grazing Systems
Gordon Groover, Extension Specialist, Ag and Applied Economics, VA Tech

Dates: January 26-29, 2016

Tall Fescue in the 21st Century is the theme for the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council (VFGC) and Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) winter forage conferences. This year’s conference highlights current knowledge and practice that producers can apply to management of their tall fescue based grazing systems. This year’s speakers are nationally recognized experts in tall fescue production and management. The morning program will focus on understanding issues and problems with tall fescue and the afternoon program will explore potential solutions to these problems. Continue reading

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Save the Date – 2016 Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade


Information about the Conference can be found at

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Growing Farm Profits Online Courses, offered by the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

Over the past five years, Southern SAWG and our partners have helped hundreds of diversified vegetable producers improve their profitability with our Growing Farm Profits program. Now the Southern SAWG training team has drilled down a little deeper into some of the recurring issues farmers face as they wrestle with profitability on their farms. This fall we will be addressing three of these issues in a series of one-hour webinars specifically designed for agricultural professionals who help diversified vegetable producers in the South. All webinars will begin at 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) and are free of charge. Here’s the rundown (see for details):

  • Record Keeping for Profit Management for Vegetable Growers, October 22, 2015, 3:30 pm (ET)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis for Vegetable Equipment Purchasing Decisions, November 19, 2015, 3:30 pm (ET)
  • Schedule F vs Profitability Accounting for Vegetable Farming, December 17, 2015, 3:30 pm (ET)
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Virginia Tech Income Tax School

By L. Leon Geyer (, Professor, Agricultural Law, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

 This year we offer three seminars: 1) Introductory Tax Preparation 2) General Income Tax and 3) CPA Ethics.

1. Introductory Tax Preparation Seminar

Two 1-day seminars offered as live instruction. These seminars are designed for those who wish to prepare tax returns and will focus on IRS form 1040. It is designed for those who are new to taxes, or those who simply seek a refresher course. Those interested can attend in Roanoke on Jan. 4th or Richmond on Jan. 5th. Please refer to for more information. Continue reading

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No Farmer is an Island

Peter Callan, Extension Agent, Farm Business Management, Northern District

In late May I had the opportunity to travel with a friend to visit the farm and ranch that she grew up on which is located 150 miles southeast of Calgary, Alberta. This is an area that has dry land farming and ranching where the stocking density is four cows per quarter section (160 acres). Within the last two months two disasters struck a fourth generation rancher/farmer and his family. Continue reading

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Virginia hosts first Agritourism Summit

Martha A. Walker, Extension Specialist, Community Viability,Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

Agritourism farmers, economic development staff, and local government leaders will gather on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 10-11, at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia, to explore innovative ideas on agritourism at the 2015 Virginia Conference on Agritourism in the Creative Economy.   This state level conference offers attendees two days filled with fresh ideas on event planning, marketing, regional networks, zoning and conservation, financing, legal structure, farm craft breweries, profitability outlook of wineries, bed and breakfast operations, food safety, and experience-based tips  to make agritourism businesses a success in the rural economy. 

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2015 Governor’s Conference on Agriculture Trade Open for Registration

Theme: Facilitating New Opportunities in the Global Marketplace

Dates: March 9-10, 2015

Location: Richmond Marriott Hotel

 This conference is organized by the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, the Virginia Port Authority and the Virginia Tech Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. The 2015 Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade: Facilitating New Opportunities in the Global Marketplace, the seventh such event, will be held in Richmond on March 9 and 10. It will once again feature an outstanding array of speakers from the front lines of our trade sector, individuals who are involved in this complex marketplace every day. Conference participants will hear from foreign dignitaries, private-sector leaders, trade negotiators and others on topics that are timely and relevant for 2015 and beyond.

Please register for the conference at this site.
The current conference agenda can be found here.


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