CM-RP-1-2014VALOTTSBURG, VA — More than 1,800 farmers, agriculture industry professionals and interested parties from across the mid-Atlantic gathered at the 2014 Virginia Ag Expo on August 7 at Bleak House Farm, run by the Downing family in Lottsburg.
This year’s theme, “Northern Neck Agriculture: 400 Years and Still Growing” reminds us of the important role agriculture has played in Virginia’s past, while stay mindful of the innovation and hard working farmers that continue to make agriculture Virginia’s largest industry.
The event included more than 140 exhibitors showcasing the latest farm equipment, services and the newest agriculture technology. The event featured field tours, including:
• Disease update for soybean and corn
• Insect pests of soybean and corn
• Weed control and weed resistance management
• High-yield soybean management
• High-yield corn management
• Safety demonstration for handing bulk seed containers
The Ag Expo not only provides an opportunity to highlight the latest technology in crop production, but also the latest farming techniques. Bleak House Farms is the proud home of Virginia’s first agriculture Resource Management Plan (RMP). This program serves as assurance, providing farmers certainty that their operations are in compliance with state nutrient, sediment and water quality standards once a plan is written and implemented. By using voluntary best management practices and conservation practices participants may achieve certainty, while incorporating a comprehensive plan that improves both water quality and the bottom line.
The Ag Expo provides educational opportunities and serves as an essential networking tool. Growers and consumers have the opportunity to discuss and learn more about available services and products.
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.