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Virginia Crop Production Association,


December 2021 President's Letter

Hello VACPA Members,

We made it; we made it to December. Through the craziness of the pandemic, the supply chain challenges, weather anomalies, and indeed we have all faced personal victories and trials. So now is the time to give thanks and reflect on all the year's accomplishments.

Thank you all for everything you do to keep our fantastic industry moving and thriving!

As we move into the new year, we will, of course, have new challenges to face, recent weather weirding, and continued supply distributions, but one thing is for sure. Farmers will plant crops; animals will need tending, and we will keep things moving forward. Part of moving forward may require more creativity and innovation, but it will be one for the record books. The farm economy is looking strong. USDA is projecting record exports (121% vs. 2020) and is forecasted to break records in 2022. A strong export market should keep the commodity prices up, which should help retain some balance with input prices. Stable prices are good news for our farmers. Next year, there are other exciting things to look forward to; many of the in-person meetings are returning, including our own 2022 Crop Summit in January.

You can find out more about our program in the Vice President's article later in the newsletter. We will have many returning sponsors for our event. Thank you to all that have supported us this year and continued support going into 2022. We certainly cannot keep our association's mission for training and sharing information without your help!

I also want to take a moment to thank the rest of our VACPA board members; without them, we would not be able to bring the voice of the industry forward. Their ideas and experiences were invaluable this year, allowing us to return to an in-person meeting. This year, the board worked together to plan the speakers for our annual training and provide feedback to other education and legislative organizations. If you are interested in serving on the VACPA board in the future or becoming a new member, please reach out to any of our board members. We are always looking for new ideas to share!

I look forward to seeing you all in January for the Crop Summit as well as our annual meeting. Please have a safe and rested holiday season, staying healthy and spending some time with family and friends!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Virginia Crop Production Association!

Best Regards,

Chelsea Valenti, 2021 VACPA President 

2022 VACPA Crop Summit Update

VACPA Members,

I hope everyone had a safe and successful 2021 crop year and that you are able to spend some well-deserved down time with family and friends throughout the upcoming holiday season. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our annual Crop Summit meeting next month! It will be great to have everyone back together in person and I think the Board has put together an excellent program for you this year.

Our three-day program begins at 8:00 am on Tuesday January 18th and runs through Noon on Thursday January 20th at the Doubletree by Hilton in Richmond, VA. All three days of the meeting will offer great sessions that will provide you valuable information and updates about our great industry. Please notice on the registration form we are offering once again a reduced rate if your paperwork is in the VACPA Office on or by January 11th.

Our 2022 Crop Summit program is included in this newsletter. As you will see, we will have many of the top names of the industry in Virginia as well as other states with us this year. We hope you are able to join us for all three days as we have some very exciting and impactful sessions on the program each day! All three days will provide CEU’s for CCA’s, VA Nutrient Management Credits and our Wednesday sessions will be focused on recertification credits for Commercial Applicators and Registered Technicians.

By now most of you that have been previous sponsors of the VACPA Crop Summit should have been contacted by one of our board members inquiring about your potential sponsorship of the upcoming Summit. We hope that you will continue that support in 2022. We have two levels of sponsorship available and of course if you would like to make a donation of any amount that would be very welcome also. We do plan to utilize the corridor outside of the meeting room again this year for GOLD Sponsors to set up a table displaying their information. The past few years that we have offered this the feedback that we have received has been very positive. Sign recognition, sponsorship of a refreshment break, recognition in our newsletter and on our website is also included depending on which level you choose to do.

New for 2022, a slide show of all sponsors will be shown in the meeting room during breaks, morning registration and any other time that we can fit it into the schedule. If you have not been contacted or if you have not been a sponsor in the past and would like to participate, please contact myself or Angela at [email protected] or 540-820-3321.

To simplify this, I have included following my article the levels that are available and what is included in both.

We are looking forward to a great meeting and to seeing everyone in person again this year! Please share this information with others that you work with, industry peers or anyone else that you think would benefit from joining us at the meeting this year.

Please reach out to me for any additional information regarding the Crop Summit at any time.

Email- [email protected] Phone- 252-414-1254.


Lucas Householder, 

VACPA Vice President and 2022 Program Chair

2022 Crop Summit Program

******Tuesday January 18, 2022******

8:00-9:30 Registration

9:30-10:20 Adding clovers to Pasture and Hay Fields: Methods, Benefits and Drawbacks –John Benner, VCE Augusta County

10:20-11:10 Understanding Biologicals for Row Crop Production - Connor Sible, University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences

11:10-12:00 Virginia Update from the House Kyle Shreve - Kyle Shreve, VA Agribusiness Council

12:00-1:00 LUNCH

1:00-1:50 Crop Nutrients Market Update - Dwayne Sharun, Growmark

1:50-2:40 Overview of Compaction & Soil Management On-Farm Research in Ohio –Andrew Klopfenstein, Ohio State University

2:40-2:55 Break

2:55-3:45 Sustainability with Specific Reference to Fertilizer Development and Use - Dr. Mark Alley, Professor Emeritus Virginia Tech

3:45-4:35 Biological Seed Treatments: Are They All the Same? - Connor Sible- University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences

4:35-5:25 Phosphorus Fertilizer: Making sure you are getting your money’s worth -Mark Reiter- VA Tech Eastern Shore AREC

5:25-6:25 Social Hour

******Wednesday January 19, 2022******

Pesticide Recertification Day for Commercial & Private Applicators

Registered Technician Certification Review Class 8:00 am - until

7:30-8:30 Registration

8:30-9:20 Update on insect pest management in vegetable crops - Tom Kuhar- VA Tech Department of Entomology

9:20-10:10 Tackling tough weeds in tough circumstances - Michael Flessner and Vijay Singh, VA Tech

10:10-10:25 Break

10:25-11:15 The Basics of Dry Fertilizer Impregnation in Pastures and Hay - Clay Williams/Corteva Agriscience

11:15-12:05 Managing Virginia's Vegetable Diseases - Steve Rideout, VA Tech Plant & Environmental Sciences

12:05-1:30 LUNCH VACPA Annual Business Meeting

1:30-2:20 Pesticide Regulation - What You Know or Should Know as a Certified Applicator –Liza Fleeson, VDACS

2:20-3:10 Spray Equipment Technology - Bryant Vandemark, Binkley and Hurst

3:10-3:30 Break

3:30-4:00 Throwback Thursday on Wednesday: This isn’t your grandpa’s pesticide safety training - Scott Reiter, VCE Prince George County

4:00-4:50 Understanding the Pesticide Regulatory Process - Daniel Frank- Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs

4:50-5:40 Nematodes Affecting Virginia Crops and Their Management - David Langston- VA Tech Tidewater AREC

5:40-6:40 Social Hour

******Thursday January 20, 2022******

7:30-8:30 BREAKFAST

8:30-9:20 Dr. Frame’s current research in cover crops for row crop producers - Hunter Frame- VA Tech

9:20-10:10 A Closer Look at Ohio State’s Latest Findings, Concerns, and Predictions on Soil Compaction - Andrew Klopfenstein, Ohio State University

10:10-10:25 Break

10:25-11:15 Protecting Today’s Tools In 2022 - Trey Davis, Bayer Crop Science

11:15-12:05 Legislative Updates from Capitol Hill - Chuck Conner- National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

Contact Angela by email at [email protected] or 

by phone at 540-820-3321

For additional Information and forms.

Host Hotel----Doubletree by Hilton

We look forward to another successful Crop Summit at the Doubletree by Hilton-Midlothian. 

The hotel is located at 1021 Koger Center Boulevard, Richmond VA 23235.

Click on the following link for a re-direct straight to our reservation page.

Please make sure you make your reservation by Tuesday January 11th in order to be guaranteed our group rate. The check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 p.m. Reservation cancellations must be received by hotel at least 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid being charged one night’s room and tax. Complimentary wireless internet is available in all guest rooms. The hotel will offer our group rate of $100.00 plus taxes January 17, 18, and 19. We will be on the first floor towards the back of the hotel in the James River Corridor which is the same as the previous years. The registration table will be in the same location. We do plan to utilize the corridor outside of the meeting room again this year for GOLD Sponsors to set up a table displaying their information. For those of you who commute daily the direct outside entrance is especially convenient.: The website for the hotel is:

If you make your reservation from the website, be sure to use Group Code VCP.

The direct phone number to the hotel is 804-379-3800.

 Let me know if you have any trouble making your reservations. Thanks, Angela 540-820-3321 (cell)

The Program Daily…………


Coffee and Danish will be available beginning at 8:00 am in the James River Foyer. If you are pre-registered, you will find your meeting packet on the registration table alphabetically by last name. Other than getting your raffle ticket for the Yeti drawing, you are good to go. The first presentation will begin at 9:30 am in Parlor H at the end of the corridor. Virginia Nutrient Management Credits will be available along with CCA CEU’s. The appropriate sheets/clip boards will be passed around the classroom. Lunch will be provided in the room next to the classroom beginning at 12:00. We will have a happy hour following the last presentation of the day. This will be open bar with some light munchies available.

Wednesday—Pesticide Recertification Day

Coffee and Danish will be available again this morning beginning at 7:30 in the James River Foyer. If you are pre-registered and did not attend Tuesday your meeting packet is on the registration table alphabetically by last name.


For those of you who are getting recertified there will be a form (Virginia Application for Recertification Credit) handed out sometime during the day for you to fill out. In connection with this you will also sign the Recertification Roster which will be on a clip board and passed around the room, one down each side. It is very important to only sign the roster once. At the end of the day, Angela will be there taking the forms or there will be a box on a table in the corridor just outside of the meeting room for you to drop the form in.

**The form and the roster are for the Virginia Recertification and both need to be done neatly.

In addition to Virginia Recertification, we will also be offering Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia and VA Private. These rosters will be at the registration table with Angela.

There will be Virginia Nutrient Management Credits and Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Credits also available. Separate sheets for both will be sent around the room. CCA CEU sheets have a sign-in and sign-out so please do this when it is required. Don’t sign-in and out at the same time. Please be careful which roster you are signing. There will be a total of three going down each side of the meeting room, they will all be labeled. The VACPA Annual Business Meeting will be during lunch which begins at 12:00. We will have a happy hour following the last presentation of the day.


Breakfast will begin at 7:30. We will have a guest speaker but we are not sure at this time who will be joining us. Please try to attend breakfast. The food is wonderful! Virginia Nutrient Management Credits will be available along with CCA CEU’s again on this day.