There had to be five acres covered with parked trucks and cars at Fred Downing’s Bleak House Farm Thursday as farmers and those interested in farming came to the annual agricultural exposition put on by the Virginia Grain Producers Association along with the Virginia Soybean Association and the Virginia Agricultural Extension Service.
The annual event shows off the newest methods in crop production and the newest equipment for doing it. More than 140 exhibitors had their products and services on display as people from all over Virginia walked the grounds.
“I saw people from southwest Virginia that I met in Richmond,” Del. Margaret Ransone said after the expo.
The exposition is “the largest one day agricultural event in Virginia,” Ben Rowe of the Virginia Grain Producers Association said. The show at Downing’s Lottsburg farm was the first time the exposition has been on the Northern Neck.
In addition to seeing massive modern harvesters and other farm machinery, those at the event had a chance to tour the planted plots on Downing’s farm where he raises corn, soybeans, wheat, barley and sweet corn on 2500 acres.