BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 15, 2008 – Virginia Cooperative Extension, in collaboration with Virginia Farm Bureau and Colonial Farm Credit, has planned six outlook seminars in agriculturally diverse locations throughout Virginia to provide producers with key strategies to help manage risk.
Extension educators, producers, and other agricultural influencers such as lenders, input dealers, and processors from Virginia and bordering states will benefit from the meetings at the following locations:
At each location, registration will begin at 8 a.m. with presentations starting at 9:15 a.m. Seminars will wrap up by 4 p.m.
“The number of specialists in the field of agricultural economics has diminished in many land-grant institutions,” said Mike Roberts, a commodity marketing Extension agent and unit coordinator in Prince George County. “The seminars are designed to present timely, expert agricultural economic outlook information so that participants may make more informed decisions affecting the sustainability of the farming business.”
The seminars will cover a wide range of topics including the upcoming farm bill, the U.S. economy, biofuels, feed and small grains, and U.S. and South American products including livestock, oil, seeds, cotton, peanuts, and dairy. Nationally and internationally known presenters include:
Supporting organizations include the Southern Risk Management Education Center directed by Texas A&M University; the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service; and more than 11 land-grant colleges and universities throughout the United States.
For more information or to register, visit the seminar website or e-mail Mike Roberts or call (804) 733-2686. The early registration fee, which must be postmarked two weeks prior to the event, is $10. After this deadline, the fee is $20. There is no charge for Extension faculty from any state.
About Virginia Cooperative Extension Virginia Cooperative Extension brings the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth. Through a system of on-campus specialists and locally based agents, it delivers education in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community viability, and 4-H youth development. With a network of faculty at two universities, 107 county and city offices, 13 agricultural research and Extension centers, and six 4-H educational centers, Virginia Cooperative Extension provides solutions to the problems facing Virginians today.