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Trade Events

Marketing, Educational & Promotional Events

October 18-21, 2017
VietnamWood Expo
Come with VDACS to exhibit at the top furniture and woodworking show in Southeast Asia.


October 24, 2017
PRODUCE SAFETY ALLIANCE’S GROWER TRAINING WORKSHOP:
Food Safety Modernization Act

Virginia State University, Randolph Farm Pavilion
4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA

For fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The Produce Safety Alliance’s Grower Training is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement.


October 26-27, 2017
Veteran Farming Conference
South Boston, VA

It will cover topics including how to start a new business, marketing, budgeting, value-added products, financing, liability, agritourism and more. Distinguished speakers include Dr. Basil Gooden, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Commissioner John Newby, Department of Veteran Services, and Matthew Underwood, USDA Military Veteran Agricultural Liaison Support, along with representatives from Farmer Veteran Coalition, Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition, Agribility, and many others. The conference will also include resource panels, exhibitor booths, time for networking, and tours of two veteran-owned Halifax County farms.

Registration is open now and this event is FREE for veterans! For additional information, please contact Rebekah Slabach, VCE Halifax County ANR Agent, at 434.476.2147 or rslabach@vt.edu.
Please view the conference agenda, registration form and more here.


November 8 – 9, 2017
Virginia Farmers Market Conference
Shine Bright, Stand Out
Charter Hall at the City Market
27 Church Avenue SE, Roanoke, VA 24011

This year’s conference will feature two fun-filled days of networking, workshops, motivational speakers, and so much more! This year’s theme “Shine Bright * Stand Out” will feature programs about creating a standout market to shine bright in your community.


November 17-18, 2017
Virginia Aquaculture Conference
Newport News Marriott at City Center, Newport News, VA 23606

Whether you are an active shellfish or finfish culturist or thinking about starting an aquaculture business, this is the place to be. 
The conference and will provide relevant shellfish and finfish culture information for all levels of production.  Join us for trade show and “Taste of Virginia’s” cultured seafood products as well.
Visit our website for more information and  registration details.  
Conference registration is $90 on or before October 17


Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Virginia Food & Beverage Expo
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Greater Richmond Convention Center
Exhibit Hall D
Online Exhibitor and Attendee Registration Coming Soon
Best New Product Awards presentation at 11 a.m.
Not open to the public and no one under 18 will be admitted.

Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the Virginia Food and Beverage Expo connects industry buyers with Virginia specialty food and beverage products. The trade event takes place once every two years to promote Virginia products and advance economic development.
Retailers, wholesalers, distributors, food service representatives and those in search of private-label brands will find hundreds of Virginia-produced and processed products that are properly packaged and labeled for the retail setting. Attendees meet one-on-one with producers, select new items and place orders right on the show floor. There is no cost to attend.


January 22-24, 2018
Virginia Biological Farming Conference
The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA

Virginia’s premier gathering of organic farmers, gardeners and supporters: With practical learning and insights from over 30 speakers, an exhibit hall packed with useful tools and services, delicious locally-sourced meals, and the very best in networking- all at a luxurious historic resort.


Pesticide Training Schedule

Click here for Pesticide certification courses and conferences.

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