Upcoming Event Dates for Winter 2013

The winter conference and programming season is upon us.  There are many opportunities for beginning farmers/ranchers and service providers across Virginia.   Please visit Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher News page and/or the VBFR Facebook page for more news and updates.

NRCS Applications Deadline, for all 2013 available programs. 

January 18, 2013

Visit  http://www.va.nrcs.usda.gov/ for more details &  information.


Future Harvest CASA, 14th Annual Farming for Profit and Stewardship Conference

January 18 & 19, 2013. National Conference Center – Lansdowne, VA.



Virginia Forage and Grassland Council Winter Conference Series

January 22‐25, 2013.  It will be hosted at several (four) locations across Virginia with participation by leading producers and research specialists.

For more information, visit:  http://vaforages.org/  (the website has not been fully operating today, so patience please)


63Rd Annual Young Farmers of Virginia Convention

January 25-27, 2013.  Crown Plaza Hotel –Williamsburg

For more information, visit http://www.vayoungfarmer.org/ or contact Ron Byrd at bronald9@vt.edu


VA Vineyards Association’s Winter Technical Meeting

January 31, — February 2nd, 2013

The Omni in Charlottesville, VA

Twelve 2012 Governor’s Cup Case Winners, Discussion of research and management studies for pests and diseases, such as Leafroll Virus, Pierce’s Disease, Grape Berry Moth, Grape Root Borer, Fruit Flies, and Grapevine Yellows, and Back-to-Basics Grape Disease Management with a focus on Powdry Mildew, Botrytis, Downy Mildew, Phomopsis, Ripe Rot, and Bitter Rot.



Reynolds Homestead Grower’s Academy

January 21st — March 25th

Reynolds Homestead, Critz, VA

Sponsored by the Homestead, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition, this 8-week learning series is specifically designed to help new and transitioning vegetable and cut-flower businesses succeed. Instructors include resource professionals and farm business owners.

For More Info, Email Kelli Scott at kescott1@vt.edu


SustainFloyd’s Whole Farm Planning Six-week Course

Feb. 11 — March 18, 2013

The six-week course then runs weekly from Feb. 11 through March 18 in Floyd, Virginia.  Prospective students may attend a free introductory workshop from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. Cost is $100 for the course.  For more information, contact SustainFloyd Director Mike Burton at 540/745-7333 or mike@sustainfloyd.org.


Virginia Association for Biological Farming Conference (and Whole Farm Planning Farm School Workshop).

February 8-9th, 2013.  The Holiday Inn-Koger Center-  Richmond VA.



Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers Winter Expo

February 22‐24, 2013. The Holiday Inn– Harrisonburg, VA



2013 Local Food Conference

February 26th, 2013

VA Farm Bureau Office in Richmond



Attimo Winery’s 2013 Scholar Vineyard Internship Program

March 15 — June 15, 2013

There will be up to 8 internship positions available in 2013. Internships that include pruning start March 15, 2013 and run until June 15, 2013.  Summer Internships start May 15 and run until August 15, and internships that include the grape harvest run from July 15 – October 15. Interns will be exposed to various aspects of the vineyard and winery business.


Start 2 Farm 3rd Annual Beginning Farmer & Rancher Conference

March 16th — March 18th, 2013

Raleigh, NC

The Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference provides an opportunity for farmers to meet and learn from experts and to network with other farmers from around the country.



Virginia Farm Bureau Women’s Conference

March 22nd, 2013

Roanoke, VA





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