2018 Young Farmers Winter Expo                 


Winter Expo
February 23 - 25, 2018


Natural Bridge Hotel and Conference Center
15 Appledore Lane
Natural Bridge, VA 24578


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Thanks to our Virginia Farm Bureau leaders and many Young Farmers sponsors, we continue to offer Winter Expo at no cost for registration. Sponsors will be recognized at the event, so please be sure to say "thank you!"  You must register here to attend, and hotel reservations must be made separately through the hotel number below. 

Hotel reservations must be made separately from this registration.  A block of rooms is held with the Natural Bridge Hotel and Conference Center at a special Expo rate of just $69 per room per night plus taxes.  Hotel reservations must be made by contacting the hotel at 540-291-2121 and asking for the  Farm Bureau Young Farmers Winter Expo 2018 group rate
 
Hotel deadline is January 24th or when sold out, so make your reservation now!  Prices will increase after the 24th. 


A short agenda can be viewed below and regular updates on the Young Farmers Facebook page 
On Facebook -- look for VAFB Young Farmers

Expo registration includes:
  • Meals, programs, workshops and tours
  • An all-new Expo t-shirt!
  • Casino Night fun and more!
Parents - please note:  Children are welcome to attend and are the full responsibility of the parents. A few special children's activities and a play room are scheduled during the event.  

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION ENDS FEB 18th
PLEASE CHOOSE ONLY ONE TYPE OF REGISTRATION BELOW -- FULL FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND OR ONE-DAY IF YOU ARE ONLY ATTENDING A PORTION OF THE EVENT

 
 
Registration     Quantity

FULL REGISTRATION (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)    
Saturday-only registration (for one-day only   
attendees)
    

Friday-only regisistration (for one-day only   
attendees)
    

 


TENTATIVE AGENDA
 
Friday, February 23rd
1:30 PM:  Carpool Farm Tours - Working on locations, so stay tuned!
4:30 PM:  Travel to Natural Bridge Hotel
5:00 PM:  Hotel check-in, registration and networking reception
6:30 to 8:30 PM   Buffet dinner and program at the Conference Center
Networking & Issue Discussion Programs
8:30 - 11:00 PM  Networking/Music 
 
Saturday, February 24th
7:00 – 8:30 AM   Buffet breakfast - Display room open
8:00 AM Farm Bureau 101 for Rookie’s and those interested
8:30 AM Welcome and Opening Session in Breakfast Room
8:45 AM Speaker - Farm Transition Planning & Facilitation is for Everyone
9:30 AM Break
Pick & Choose Workshops  
Note:  Kids area will be open throughout the morning.  Parents must stay with children or leave them with a friend -- area is unsupervised. 
Track 1 - From Precision to Insurance - What Today’s Farmers Need to Be Successful
9:45 AM - farm insurance for beginning farmers
15 minute break between each workshop session
10:45 AM - farm insurance for expanding and advanced Young Farmers
11:45 AM - precision agriculture tools and technology
Track 2 - International Agriculture
9:45 AM - International Agricultural Projects
10:45 AM - Building International Leadership in Agriculture
11:45 AM - Meeting and discussing world trade with an Ambassador
12:30 PM   Lunch & Speaker
1:30 - 1:45 PM Tours depart - local robotic dairy and meat processing for direct markets
      Kid friendly tour options for Natural Bridge Caverns and Safari Park Zoo will also be available. 
     We are also working on a precision agriculture demo session during the tour time for those who would rather continue learning more beyond the workshops. 

6 PM Reception and cash bar
6:30 PM – Dinner Banquet and Awards  

8:00 -11 PM – Casino Night Networking and Chinese Auction prizes!  Movie option for those not interested in the casino games (no real money changes hands)
 
Sunday, February 25th
7:30 – 8:30 AM   Buffet breakfast
8:45 AM   Morning Devotions at the Natural Bridge        
9:45 AM County YF Chairs/Leadership Program – Building stronger local programs chat session!
9:45 AM Collegiate Young Farmers – Leadership Session 
10:30 AM Closing Speaker
11:00 AM Closing ceremonies, Committee chair charge
11:15 AM Adjourn and check out

 
 



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