Agricultural trends hot topic for farmers at expo

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

KING WILLIAM, VA (WWBT) - Today's rain was a welcome sight to farmers and certainly didn't scare away more than 1,500 of them from attending a large agricultural expo in King William County.

In this tough economy, farmers are watching their bottom lines closely so enhancing their products is key. 

Whether or not agriculture is on your personal radar, you should know it plays an important role in your everyday life.

Agriculture affects the economy, the environment and is key in a safe and affordable food supply. Farmers from all across Virginia and neighboring states braved the dreary day to help their business.

From planting tips, to livestock options, to new equipment, farmers are learning about the very latest in agricultural trends.

"The equipment, a lot of the new technology that's in the equipment is labor saving," said farmer JN Mills.  "It's taking a lot less labor to do a lot more work."

The Mills brothers hosted the expo on their farm and hope to learn a thing or too themselves.

"We grow corn and soybeans, wheat and barley and we raise cattle," said farmer Edwin Mills.  "They always bring a lot of good input to our business."

One major element of the ag expo was the latest in seed technology. Farmers say planting the right seeds can save money because these days many are bred to be weed and pest resistance -- something they once had to account for with multiple products.

The expo also brought information to farmers on helping protect the envirnoment.

"A lot of the practices that we use on our farms today, no till practices, buffer zones, a number of things that we have to do in order to do our part to help protect the bay," said farmer Wayne Kirby.

This agricultural expo is an annual event and travels to a different area of Virgina each year. Next year, they'll head to the Northern Neck.

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