AGENDA

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
9:30 AM
9:30 AM
Conference Welcome - Dream to Reality: The Panel of Our Farms
Anthony Marchetti, Rappahannock Oysters
Coley Jones Drinkwater, Richland Dairy
Moderated by Chris Cook, Virginia Farm Bureau
10:45 AM
10:45 AM
Networking Break
11:00 AM
11:00 AM
Business Development, Planning, and Marketing
Alex White, Ph.D., Virginia Tech
12:15 PM
12:15 PM
Networking Luncheon
Greetings from exhibitors
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Concurrent Sessions
Land Conservation and Agritourism
Andy Sorrell, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Missy Neff, SVP Government Relations - State, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
Moderated by Chris McDonaldVirginia Association of Counties​
 
Building the Reality
John Delmare, Rappahannock Cellars
Jimmy Messick, Messick’s Farm Market
Moderated by Chris Cook, Virginia FAIRS
 
Financing Roundtable
Stephen Versen, Virginia Department of Agriculture
Bradley Webb, First Bank & Trust
Angela Wiggins, Virginia Tourism Corporation
Moderated by Laurette Tucker, USDA Rural Development
 
VSU Small Farms: FSA Loans for Veterans, New and Beginning Farmers
Will Loxterkamp, Farm Loan Manager
Moderated by Michael Wooden, Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach Program
 
2:30 PM
2:30 PM
Overview of Farm Tours
Livvy Preisser, Virginia Cooperative Extension
Please see 'Farm Tour Information' tab for a description of the tours 
2:45 PM - 5:30 PM
2:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Farm Tours
Transportation Provided
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Trade Show Networking Reception
Explore exhibits that will support your Agritourism Adventure!
Cash bar featuring Virginia Wine & Craft Beer
Showcasing Ice Cream from Homestead Creamery
Dinner will be on your own
Thursday, March 22, 2018
7:45 AM
7:45 AM
Networking Buffet Breakfast
Showcasing Highland County Maple Syrup
from Fair Lawn Farm, Tim Duff Owner
8:15 AM
8:15 AM
Delivering Memorable Experiences
Vincent Magnini, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Graduate Faculty, Virginia Tech
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Concurrent Sessions
Farm Transition Planning
Andy Sorrell, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Adam Downing, Virginia Cooperative Extension
Mike Santucci, Virginia Department of Forestry
Moderated by Chris Cook, Virginia Farm Bureau
 
Making Your Case with the Numbers
Vince Magnini, Ph.D.Virginia Tech
VACo representative
Moderated by Chris McDonald, Virginia Association of Counties
 
SOL's on the Farm
Tammy Maxey, Virginia Farm Bureau
Coley Drinkwater, Richland Dairy
Michael Lombardo, Assistant Superintendent Isle of Wight Public Schools
Moderated by Sandra Tanner, Virginia Tourism Corporation
 
Equestrian
David and Sally Lamb, Oakland Heights Farm
Steve Edwards, Mill Swamp Indian Horses
Moderated by Heather Wheeler, Virginia Department Agriculture & Consumer Services
 
 
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Concurrent Sessions
Agritourism Safety in Virginia
Livvy Preisser, Virginia Cooperative Extension
Moderated by Chris Cook, Virginia Farm Bureau
 
Networking and Strategic Partnership
Sandra Tanner, Virginia Tourism Corporation
Moderated by Mike Wooden, Virginia State University Small Farm Program
 
Building Your Agritourism Brand Online
David Stanley, SilverLining Design
Moderated by Heather WheelerMichele Mosely, Virginia State University
 
Agritourism Brags & Blunders
Mark & Kim Rangos, Blue Sky Distillery
Michael & Amy Drewry, Drewry Farms
Dave & Diane Sheldon, Hampton Roads Winery
Judy Winslow, Director Smithfield & Isle of Wight Tourism
Pat Bernshausen, Special Assistant to the County Administrator Surry County
 
 
11:45 AM
11:45 AM
Networking Luncheon with Presentation - Labor, Liability, and Legal: The Foundation to Success
The Honorable Bettina Ring
Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry
Office of Governor Ralph Northam

H-2A and H-2B Guest Worker Programs  
Kerry Scott, MAS Labor
 
Liability
Scott DeNoonVirginia Farm Bureau
Legal Issues: A Checklist of Considerations for Agritourism Ventures
 
Maggy GregoryAttorney, Adams & Fisk
 
 
2:00 PM
2:00 PM
Adjourn to the Farm!