Approximately 1,800 farmers, agriculture industry professionals, and interested parties gathered at the 2012 Virginia Ag Expo on Aug. 2nd, at Grainfield Farm in Hanover County.

This year's Expo theme, "Virginia Agriculture: Rich in History — Focused on the Future," reminds us to reflect on our achievements and successes, while being mindful of how innovation can ensure our future success.

This year's event included the latest farm equipment, seed demonstration plots and the newest in agriculture technology.

As Virginia's largest producer event, the Ag Expo provides educational opportunities and serves as an essential networking tool. Growers and consumers have the opportunity to discuss and learn more about available services and products.  

"It is important to showcase and support the strength of Virginia agriculture and its crucial role in our lives.

“The Virginia Ag Expo allows the opportunity for anyone to experience the fun and complexity of providing food, feed, and fuel.

“America enjoys the safest, most abundant food supply in the world thanks to our producers, our technologies and our industry innovation. That is something to be celebrated." said Phil Hickman, president of the Virginia Grain Producers Association.

Thanks to all who attended and took time to participate in our industry, and special thanks to our sponsors that made this year's event possible.

Mark your calendars! The 2013 Virginia Ag Expo will be held on Aug. 1 at Land of Promise Farm, home of the Horsley family in Virginia Beach.