Among the featured speakers at this year’s Virginia Grain and Soybean Conference are Darin Newsome of DTN, Jerry Gulke of Strategic Marketing Services, Don Mennel of Mennel Milling, as well as representatives from Virginia Petroleum Industry and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Future technology panelists include representatives from Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto, Pioneer and Syngenta.

The featured speakers are scheduled to address more than 250 attendees at the joint Virginia Grain Producers Association (VGPA) and the Virginia Soybean Association (VSA) event. The Conference, sponsored by in part by Colonial Farm Credit, will also showcase several exhibits that provide information on agricultural products such as financial services, custom services, equipment, seed, crop protectants and others.

The conference location is at Colonial Heritage right across from The Pottery on Route 60 in Williamsburg, Va., on Feb. 7, 2008.

“This conference offers information tailored specifically for Virginia producers covering corn, small grains and soybean issues,” says Molly Pugh, VGPA executive director. “This is a chance for Virginia’s producers to learn more about important, current issues that affect the success of their operation. We have an outstanding program planned and we encourage anyone involved in Virginia’s agriculture to attend this conference.”

“This conference will feature, discussion on markets, current input costs, coming future technologies, environmental issues as well as the state of renewable fuels in Virginia.

Both VGPA and VSA will conduct their annual business meetings during the conference,” continued Pugh.

Attendees are encouraged to pre-register for $7 each by sending a check made payable to the Virginia Soybean Association to one of the addresses below.

Exhibit spots and sponsorships are still available so please contact either VGPA or VSA for more information.

Limited on site registration will also be available for $10 each. Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. and the program will begin at 8:00am.

To register and/or exhibit contact the Virginia Grain Producers’ Molly Pugh at 1-757-421-3038/mollypugh@cox.net.

The mailing address is P.O. Box 16402, Chesapeake, Va., 23328

You can also contact the Virginia Soybean Association’s Dick Atkinson at 1-757-564-5103/soybean@visi.net.

The mailing address is 151 Kristiansand Dr, Suite 115 E Williamsburg, Va. 23188