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Virginia Agricultural Outlook Meetings

Farm Business Management Update, December 2006/January 2007

By Denise Mainville (, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Marketing, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, and Mike Roberts (, Extension Agent, Farm Business Management, Prince George.

Agricultural departments in many land grant institutions throughout the U.S. are much like Virginia Tech in that the numbers of agricultural specialists in the field of agricultural economics have diminished.  A series of four outlook meetings is being planned in order to present timely, expert agricultural economic-outlook information to participants so they can make better informed economic decisions.

The meetings are sponsored by a grant from USDA via the Southern Region Risk Management Education Center in Texas.  There are several Virginia and regional partners collaborating to make these seminars happen.  Some of these are VSU, VDACs, Colonial Farm Credit, and Virginia Farm Bureau.  The meetings will target producers, extension educators, and other agricultural influencers such as lenders, input dealers, and processors from Virginia and bordering states.  That is the reason for the broad range of meeting locations.

These meetings will utilize interactive, web-based video conferencing technology to bring in experts from around the southeast extension region to make presentations.

Agendas for these meetings are now in the process of being formed.  The goal is to make each seminar pertinent and useful to where the meeting is held.

The meetings are being designed with the extension model in mind using a good mix of both on and off-site presenters.

Below are the dates for the upcoming meetings.  The idea is to have the meetings run from about 10:00 AM to 2:00 or 2:30 PM.  Lunch will be provided.  For additional details, contact Mike Roberts at (804) 733-2686 or by email at

Southeast Virginia:  February 21, 2007 – Paul D. Camp Workforce Center – Franklin
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Northeast Virginia:  February 23, 2007 – Germanna Community Workforce and Technology Center – Fredericksburg
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Southwest Virginia:  February 28, 2007 – Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center – Abingdon
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Northwest Virginia:  March 1, 2007 – Blue Ridge Community College, Workforce Services and Continuing Education Center – Weyers Cave
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