Winter Field Day

January 27, 2017

Halifax County Extension and Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association have partnered to host an educational event on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. at the Halifax County Agricultural Marketing Center in Scottsburg. This field day is for SVMGA members and any other interested producers.

Dr. Jeanette Moore, Small Ruminant Specialist from N.C. State, is the first speaker for this program. In her role, Dr. Moore provides needs-based educational workshops and applied research for small ruminant producers locally and regionally. An Extension Research Associate also with N.C. State, Dr. Carrie Pickworth will distribute research findings and recommendations to producers in attendance. Her work across North Carolina is involved intensely with goat operations and marketing opportunities.

Each speaker will discuss different aspects of nutrition and health strategies for meat goat operations. Feed is one of the highest costs in a livestock operation, and making that a priority is key from an enterprise management point for producers. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and concerns as time will be allotted for discussion with the speakers.

Lunch will be provided, and there is no cost to attend. Registration is required, please contact Rebekah Slabach, Halifax ANR Extension Agent, at (434) 476-2147 or



Agritourism Workshop

January 20, 2017

An agritourism workshop to discuss safety and liability as it pertains to welcoming guests to your farm has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 25 from 6-8 pm at the Halifax County Visitors Center.  This workshop is being offered in part to help any interested farms prepare for their participation in the upcoming Halifax County Farm & Market Stroll scheduled for Saturday, May 20 from 10am until 4 pm.  It is also for any farms that are considering becoming an agritourism destination.

The liability and insurance topic will be covered by Scott DeNoon, Farm Product and Underwriting Manager for Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance and the safety topic will be covered by Ashley Nauta, District Extension Agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension.

There is no cost and all are welcome to attend.  Please forward this email to anyone that may be interested in attending.

To register or for questions, please RSVP to Kimley at 434-476-3300 ext. 3331 or

Thank you!

Kimley Blanks
Agricultural Marketing Director
County of Halifax
434-476-3300 ext. 3331

Ashley Nauta
District Extension Agent
Virginia Cooperative Extension

LaTonya Sadler Hamilton
Executive Assistant
Halifax County Tourism