14th Annual VAFB Young Farmers Summer Expo
July 26-28, 2019

July 26 - 28, 2019

14th YF Summer Expo
Holiday Inn Express
165 Town Run Lane
Stephens City, VA 22655

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Virginia Farm Bureau's largest networking event for young people in agriculture is so much fun... and there is still no cost for registration!  See the latest Agenda at the bottom of this page.  

Please note: You must register on this site to attend any activities and meals, so please be sure to confirm your registration at the end -- if you do not receive an email immediately, then you are not registered, so be sure to double check.  WHILE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED, YOU CAN CONTACT RON.SAACKE@VAFB.COM TO SEE IF SPACES HAVE OPENED UP IF YOU WOULD STILL LIKE TO ATTEND.  

Our hotel is the Holiday Inn Express in Stephens City, VA   Breakfast is included in the hotel room rate.

Call the hotel at 540.869.0909 if you have inquiries.  
Hotel is sold out, but local options are available nearby -- please let us know if you need help checking on other hotels from Winchester to Woodstock!  Please don't wait since this is a busy travel area in the summertime.  
Other hotel options nearby are the Quality Inn Stephens City/Winchester South -- use the Farm Bureau discount online at www.choicehotels.com - information for discount is on your membership card.
A Fairfield Inn is also available in Strasburg to be close to all activities.  

Looking for a vacation spot during Expo? B&B's, local boutique hotels or maybe a nearby cabin can be found by clicking on the "stay" tab at this link:  visitshenandoahcounty.com  

Expo registration includes all 
lunch and dinner meals, programs, workshops and tours.
VAFB Young Farmers are generally ages 18 to 35 and share an interest in supporting agriculture through production (farming), education, promotion, advocacy and/or leadership.  We welcome anyone with a passion for agriculture to join our Summer Expo for networking with Virginia's young agricultural professionals, experiencing great programs and becoming more effective advocates for agriculture.  
Parents - please note:  Children are welcome to attend and are the full responsibility of their parents. 
This event closed for registrations on 7/21/2019 2:40 PM
Thanks to our sponsors for making the 14th Annual Summer Expo a success and for helping us continue 
Growing Agriculture’s Future!  Shenandoah Farm Bureau; Frederick Farm Bureau; Farm Credit; Virginia Farm Bureau and Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company

Young Farmers 14th Annual Summer Expo
2019 Schedule of Events

Friday July 26th
Car Tours - for those arriving early - If you miss the start time, please just meet us at the next location
Noon — Rt. 11 Potato Chips
GPS: 11 Edwards Way, Mt Jackson 22842
1:30 — Muse Vineyard
GPS: 16 Serendipity Ln, Woodstock 22664
3:00 — Adam’s Apples Farm & Market
GPS: 658 Walton Farm Rd, Woodstock 22664 5:00-6:00 — Hotel check-in
6:00PM – Registration Opens
Dinner Program @ West Oaks Farm Market GPS: 4305 Middle Rd, Winchester 22602
   Program starts at 6:30 - eat at 7pm
   Keynote: Jason Brown
             Wisdom for Life Ministry & First Fruits Farm
            Jason is a former NFL lineman who gave up football for life on the farm!

Saturday July 27th
Breakfast at the hotel or on your own
7:30AM – Registration opens at Signal Knob Middle School
              GPS: 687 Sandy Hook Rd, Strasburg, VA 22657
8:00 – Contests Begin
- Outstanding Young Agriculturalis, Discussion Meet, Excellence in Ag
- Safety Program & Fire Extinguisher Giveaway
- Membership and Field Services Display
10:00 — Opening Session
- Josh & Amber Stephens on Poultry in the Valley
- Shenandoah Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Committee sponsored Snack Break
11:30 – International Agricultural Trade Presentations
- Richard Crowder, Virginia Tech
- Tatsumasa MIYATA and Takuma NAKAGAWA, Embassy of Japan
- Christine McKee, Canadian Embassy
12-12:45 – Lunch & Roundtable Discussions
- Boxed Lunches from Triplett Tech Culinary sponsored by Farm Credit
- Table discussions on Ag Trade to develop questions for Embassy panel
12:45-1:15 – Panel Discussion Q&A on Agriculture Trade 1:30 Farm & Industry Tours — Leave by Bus
Tour 1– Shenandoah County Tours
- Woodbine Farm Market and Orchard
- Shenandoah County Farm & SWCD Best Practices Projects
- French Brothers Farm (Dairy, Beef, Poultry & Row crops)
Tour 2– Clarke & Frederick County Tours
- North American Breeders
- Marker-Miller Orchards and one more stop TBD
6-6:30PM — Barn at Belgravia (buses will arrive from the tours)
GPS: 1738 Belgravia Rd, Edinburg, VA 22824
- Shenandoah County Farm Bureau Welcome
- LOVE signs for pictures and Large Yard Games
- AFBF Excellence in Agriculture Runner-up, Amy Byington
- Contest Awards Ceremony
- Live Band
- AITC Fun-raiser!
- I Farm, I Vote Campaign & Photo!
Buses begin shuttle back to school at 9:15 and 10:15 PM

Sunday July 28th
9:00AM — Belle Grove Plantation
GPS: 336 Belle Grove Rd., Middletown 22645
   Keynote: Paige Pratt, Grassroots Development Specialist for VAFB Membership and Field Services
How will you use your Farm Bureau Young Farmers networks to Grow Agriculture’s Future?
   State Young Farmers Committee Meeting Following
- guests welcome!
  Adjourn

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