The Virginia No-Tillage Alliance exists to maximize farm productivity and profitability by promoting the successful implementation of continuous no-till systems through shared ideas, technology, conservation and education.
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Harrisonburg, Feb. 4, at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, 4808 S. Valley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA registration

Chatham, Feb. 5, Olde Dominion Ag Complex, 19783 US HWY 29 South, Chatham, VA registration

Ray the Soil Guy

January 3rd, 2014 | Posted by matt in Annual Conferences - (0 Comments)

Check out Ray the Soil Guy, appearing at the Chatham conference on February 5.

2014 Chatham conference

January 2nd, 2014 | Posted by matt in Annual Conferences - (0 Comments)

The Franklin and Pittsylvania area group will host a conference this year on February 5.  Dave Brandt will be there, along with Scott Hagood, Ray Archuleta, and Keith Burgess.  Check out all the details here:  http://virginianotill.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Chatham-brochure1.pdf

2014 Harrisonburg conference info

December 22nd, 2013 | Posted by matt in Annual Conferences - (0 Comments)

Here is the info for the Harrisonburg conference on Feb. 4, 2014, including agenda and speaker info.

VANTAGE 2014 Harrisonburg brochure

Please click here to register!


Dave Brandt is slated to speak at our winter conferences, to be held February 4 in Harrisonburg, and February 5 in Chatham.  Dave will share his experiences no-tilling in Fairfield County, Ohio.  Using diverse cover crop mixes, Dave has managed to trim both his fertilizer and pesticide bills, while maintaining yields through harsh summers, through his constant drive to raise soil organic matter.  Dave will highlight the equipment that he uses to establish cover crops in standing cash crops and precisely seed specific mixes.

Cover Crop Plots

April 19th, 2013 | Posted by matt in Annual Conferences - (0 Comments)

VANTAGE embarked on a multi-species cover crop project in 2012, funded by Natural Resource Conservation Service – Conservation Innovation Grant.  Here are some photos taken today (click to enlarge).

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From left to right – rye, clover, rapeseed/turnip,  radish (long since winter killed); rye alone; & triticale, hairy vetch.

IMG_20130418_093003_212Barley, crimson clover, hairy vetch, and radish (long since winter killed)

Barley was sown next to an area left unplanted.  Below is a photo taken today followed by a photo taken two weeks ago.

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Soil health info from NRCS

April 2nd, 2013 | Posted by matt in Annual Conferences - (0 Comments)

NRCS has some great resources on improving soil health, in turn enhancing productivity and conservation.

Click here to “hear directly from some of the nation’s leading  farmers to find out how they’re using soil health management systems to make their farms more profitable, productive and sustainable.”

Presentations from this year’s conferences in Harrisonburg, Chatham, Colonial Heights, and Fredericksburg, have been posted. So hop on over to Past Conference Materials to view and listen to them.  The presentations and articles from previous years are also available there.

Farmer commercial

February 4th, 2013 | Posted by matt in Annual Conferences - (0 Comments)

Our conferences are next week, so be sure to REGISTER TODAY!

In the mean time, if you missed it, this is a great commercial that was aired during the Super Bowl, celebrating farmers!