16th Annual VAFB Young Farmers "IN-PERSON!" Summer Expo
Warrenton, Virginia -- July 30-31, 2021

July 30 - 31, 2021

16th YF Summer Expo
Holiday Inn Express Warrenton, VA
410 Holiday Ct.
Warrenton, VA 20186

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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, be sure you receive a confirmation email! 


Our hotel is the Holiday Inn Express in Warrenton, VA and unfortunately is completely full --   
The nearest option for a good hotel is the Hampton Inn Warrenton on Blackwell Road -- other options are closer to Manassas or Culpeper -- those are about 20-30 minutes away.  We don't spend much time at the hotel, so don't let this deter you from registering -- it's going to be a great event!

Expo registration includes all lunch and dinner meals, programs, workshops and tours.  We are providing a virtual option for those who can not attend in person, however, not all parts of the program will be availble virtually - we'll do the best we can to accomodate where possible.
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. There are no separate children's activities planned.    
This event closed for registrations on 7/25/2021 11:00 PM
The 16th Annual Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers Summer Expo
“Farming on the Edge” - July 30-31, 2021
Warrenton, Virginia touring Fauquier and Prince William Counties!
Thank you to our sponsors - Fauquier County Farm Bureau, Virginia's Farm Credit Associations and Virginia Farm Bureau.  All programs are offered at no cost to participants thanks to the generous support of these organizations!  
Friday – July 30th:
Morning Arrival Tours – starting around 9:00 AM near Warrenton (turf farm & farm market)
Boxed Lunches available on tour and at Fairgrounds
Afternoon – 4th Governor Candidates Forum for Agriculture Hosted by VAFB Young Farmers
  • Fauquier County Fairgrounds – Warrenton
  • Hear agricultural platform from major party candidates for Virginia’s Governor race and learn about our Farm Bureau AgPAC!
  • Business casual attire is expected!
5-6:00 PM Hotel check-in – Holiday Inn Express in Warrenton; 410 Holiday Ct, Warrenton 20186
  • Rate $95 per night plus tax
6:30 PM Dinner Program at Fauquier Springs Country Club (Expo Registration/T-shirts)
Doors open by 6 PM and a cash bar will be available -- this is a beautiful location and does have a dress policy, so business casual will be required.  9236 TOURNAMENT DRIVE WARRENTON, VA 20186 Saturday – July 31st:
6:30 AM – Breakfast at the hotel or on your own
7:30 AM – Fauquier Fairgrounds – Contest and Expo Registration
8:00 AM- Young Farmers Contests begin
  • Outstanding Young Agriculturalist Finalist Speeches
  • YF Discussion Meet – contact ron.saacke@vafb.com for questions/resources
  • Young Farmers Excellence in Agriculture Presentations (location Holiday Inn Express conf room)
9:00 AM
  • Safety Program – tractor & equipment safety or other - TBD 
10:00 AM Opening General Session
  • Welcome and introductions by the VAFB Young Farmers committee
  • Keynote Panel – International Trade & Local Marketing Opportunities
10:45 AM Snack and Networking break
11:00 AM Semi-Final Rounds of Discussion Meet and other contests finishing up as needed
11:45 – Legislator Panel – How to be more effective in sharing your story and discussing issues
12:15 – Lunch & Roundtable Discussions with State Legislators
  • Small group discussions to meet with Legislators
12:45 PM – Reports from small groups
1:15 PM Depart for bus tours (final tours pending approval by businesses)
  • Tour 1 – Bison Farm, Dairy, Ice Cream and a Farm CSA Brewery 
    • Virginia Bison Company, Cool Lawn Dairy Farm, Moo-thru ice cream, Powers Farm Brewery and CSA
  • Tour 2 – Hydroponics; Flowers; Direct Marketing Produce; Beef 
    • TrueFarms LLC Hydroponics, Burnside Farms (sunflowers and tulips), Soldier Hill Angus 
6:30 PM – Dinner at the Fauquier Springs Country Club
  • Young Farmers Contest Awards
  • Keynote speakers from Farm Bureau Young Farmers national winners
  • Ag in the Classroom Fun-raiser, networking, music, cash bar 
Sunday – August 1st:
9:00 AM The VAFB Young Farmers Committee meeting will take place in the Holiday Inn Express meeting room.  All are welcome to join us before leaving town. Other local options will be posted.
Depart hotel by 11 AM.

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