Tuesday, April 18, 2017
11:00 AM Conference Welcome  
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Concurrent Session: Crafting A Social Media Strategy That Works!
Presented by Dave Neudeck, Virginia Tourism
Moderated by Sandra Tanner, Virginia Tourism
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Concurrent Session: Major Event Planning & Management
Presented by Ellen Goldberg, Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast and Lynn Graves, Graves Mountain Lodge
Moderated by Heatther Wheeler, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Resources
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Concurrent Session: Navigating Agritourism through Local Governement
Presented by Kellie Hinkle, Loudoun County, and Amanda Glover, Augusta County
Moderated by Larry Land, Virginia Association of Counties
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Networking Luncheon  
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Concurrent Session: H-2A & H-2B Guest Worker Programs
Presented by Kerry Scott, Virginia Area Program Manager, MAS Labor
Moderated by Leanne Harrow, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Concurrent Session: Financing Roundtable
Presented by Laurette Tucker, USDA Rural Development, Stephen Versen, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Chris Cook, Virginia FAIRS, and Clay Roberts, Farm Credit
Moderated by Ashley Nauta, Virginia Cooperative Extension
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Concurrent Session: Legal Issues: A Checklist of Considerations for Agritourism Ventures
Presented by Maggy Gregory, Daniel, Medley & Kirby, PC
Moderated by Livvy Preisser, Virginia Cooperative Extension
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Concurrent Session: Dream to Reality: Planning the Future
Presented by Chris Cook, Virginia FAIRS and Jessica Hall, Harmony Harvent Farm, LLC
Moderated by Michelle Mosely, Virginia State University
 
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Concurrent Session: Tourism Marketing Opportunites for Small Business
Presented by Thad Smith and Caroline Logan, Virginia Tourism
Moderated by Sandra Tanner, Virginia Tourism
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Concurrent Session: Agritourism with a World View
Presented by Cynthia Chiles, Carter Mountain Orchard
Moderated by Laurette Tucker, USDA Rural Development
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Trade Show Networking
Explore exhibits that will support your Agritourism Adventure!
4:45 PM - 6:00 PM Networking Reception, Speaker Exhibits
Speaker Exhibits, Cash Bar featuring Virginia's wine and craft beers
Dinner on your own
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
7:45 AM Networking Breakfast  
8:15 AM Open Space
Participants identify topics and lead the discussion around the breakfast table
9:00 AM Overview of Farm Tour Schedules and Tour Hosts
Please see 'Farm Tour Information' tab for a description of the tours before the conference
9:30 AM Depart on the Tours
Boxed lunch provided as part of the tour.
4:00 PM Return to the Hotel and Dinner on your own.  
Thursday, April 20, 2017
7:45 AM Conference Breakfast  
8:15 AM Understanding the Economic Impact of Agritourism in Virginia
Presented by the Honorable Dr. Basil Gooden, Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry, and Dr. Vincent Magnini, Virginia Tech
9:30 AM Building the Agritourism Business
Presented by Jon Schallert, The Schallert Group
Sponsored by the Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach Program
12:30 PM Adjourn