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Trade Events

Marketing, Educational & Promotional Events

July 25 and 27, 2017
Virginia Cooperative Extension Annual Field Days
Blackstone, VA

July 25 - Livestock and Forage Field Day
July 27 - Tobacco Research and Extension Field Day


August 13-16, 2017
NNGA / NAFEX Conference
Tifton, Georgia

Farmers, extension agents, permaculturists, leaders of 4H or FFA Clubs, and students at agricultural universities are encouraged to attend. We will have presentations on the latest cultivation methods of traditional fruits and nuts of the Southeast.  Tour sites include visits to the experimental plantings and the Farmstead of the Future at the University of Georgia in Tifton, Fort Valley State University, the USDA Station in Byron, and a 40 acre pecan orchard.  We will introduce you to non-traditional crops, such as pawpaw, persimmon, jujube, Chinese chestnut, chinquapin, olives, citrus, moringa, hazelnut, and mulberries.  There will be information on marketing techniques that will optimize your sales.

For details about the conference and registration information, go to www.nutgrowing.org/meetinfo.htm 


September 14-17, 2017
Canadian Health Food Association Conference and Trade Show
Come with VDACS to exhibit at the largest health products show in Canada.


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


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.


Pesticide Training Schedule

Click here for Pesticide certification courses and conferences.

Send event notices to: webmaster.vdacs@vdacs.virginia.gov Please put "trade events" in the subject line of the message. Include a phone number or Web site address to link to additional information.

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