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This conference has concluded, and this website serves as an archive for the event. If you would like to reach the event organizers, please call the VSU Small Farm Outreach Program at (804)  524-5626. Thank you.

7th National Small Farm Conference


Virginia Beach Convention Center, September 20-22, 2016, Virginia Beach, VA

Hosted by Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture with support from Virginia Tech

Welcome to the 7th National Small Farm Conference, “Creating and Sustaining Small Farmers and Ranchers” website. Here you’ll learn everything about the U.S.’s premier conference that addresses the needs, challenges and successes of small farmers from Alaska to Alabama, from Maine to Maui, and even from countries far beyond our shores.

 At the conference, through short courses, oral and poster paper presentations, exhibits, success stories and educational tours in and around Virginia Beach you’ll:

  • Learn about innovative advances in research, extension and outreach
  • Network and strengthen existing partnerships with other small farm professionals
  • Take home new ideas that will help to ensure small farmers and ranchers in your region not only survive, but thrive in today’s economy. 


Registration is easy! Register yourself or a whole group online with a credit card, purchase order or check. Just click here to get started.

Through August 5

Starting August 6

Conference Only



Conference + Pre-Conference Short Courses*




All discounted hotel rooms for the 7th National Small Farm Conference have sold out. To find an alternative hotel room, please visit Thank you.


Transfers to/from Norfolk Airport

James River Transportation offers a discounted rate for all arriving and departing attendees.

The discount is eligible to all attendees who make reservations through the online reservation portal at a rate of $50.50* one-way (maximum of 3 passengers per car).

Use Conference Code: USDA when making your reservation

*Reservations are required to receive the discounted rate; payment required at time of reservation via credit card. Driver gratuity is not included in price.

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg. If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mark Klingman at (804) 524-5626/TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations a minimum of 30 days prior to the event.