2023 VANTAGE Conference

The Recordings of the 2023 Winter Conference are available at this link to the Shenandoah County Extension website.  Congratulations to the 2023 No-Till Champion Award Recipient, Cherry Grove of Fairfield (Jimmy & Tommy Alexander) in Rockbridge County.

The 2023 winter conference will be Tuesday, February 21. The speakers will be Dr. Greg Roth and Leslie Bowman. Dr. Roth is a Professor Emeritus of Agronomy in the Department of Plant Science at Penn State University. Leslie Bowman is the crop manager at Lesher’s Poultry Farm, an integrated grain and egg producer near Chambersburg, PA. In addition, a panel of 3 advanced Virginia no-tillers will comment on nitrogen rate studies conducted in 2022 and share practical advice.

The conference will be held at the Agriteer location in Harrisonburg, VA once again. The venue is 1/2 mile north of the Rockingham County Fairgrounds at 4310 South Valley Pike, Rockingham, VA 22801. Registration is free although we would like you to pre-register so everyone can be accommodated.

Click here to register for the conference online.

Check out the conference brochure (with agenda) and the conference flyer by clicking the highlighted text.

The 2023 Directory/Proceedings can be accessed with this link.

February 21, 2023

8:00 a.m.      Registration and Trade Show  
9:00 a.m.       Interseeding & Cover Crop Update from the Keystone State· Dr. Greg Roth—Penn State
10:00 a.m.     Trade Show Break 
10:30 a.m.     Challenges of Cover Crops & Species Diversification in a Grain Production Operation •  Leslie Bowman—Chambersburg, PA  
11:30 a.m.     No-Till Champion Recognition           
Noon            Lunch and Trade Show Break 
1:15 p.m.       New Cover Crop Tactics on the Horizon and a Tar Spot Update· Dr. Greg Roth—Penn State 
2:15 p.m.       Farmers Talking to Farmers:  Panel of advanced VA no-tillers share practical advice· Moderated by Lydia Fitzgerald—VT/NRCS 
3:15 p.m.       Sessions Adjourn   

VANTAGE Programs in 2023

VANTAGE Farmer to Farmer Mentoring

The VANTAGE Farmer Mentor Program helps pair experienced cover crop and no-till farmers with other farmers to teach these practices to increase soil health and crop production. The full brochure can be found by clicking here. Please contact Doug Horn ( or 540-245-5750) if you are interested in participating in the program either as a farmer client or as a mentor.

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