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Raphine Volunteer Fire Company

2023 VAPSS Fall Conference

The classroom session on Thursday, September 7 from 8:00 am - 4:00 p.m. will be held at the Raphine Volunteer Fire Company. A VAPSS members meeting will immediately follow the classroom session. The field day session on Friday, September 8 will be held at the McCormick Farm from 8:30 am - 4:00 p.m.

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2023 VAPSS Fall Conference
2023 VAPSS Fall Conference

Time & Location

Sep 07, 2023, 8:00 AM – Sep 08, 2023, 4:00 PM

Raphine Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 142, Raphine, VA 24472, USA

About the event

VAPSS 2-Day Fall Conference

12 CEUs Available!

Join us for our Annual VAPSS Fall Conference this September! In addition to the exiting presentations and soil pit discussions, there will be a Membership Meeting & Raffle Event! Members & Non-Members are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

Invited Speakers:

Philip Brown, Ph.D.  W. Lee Daniels, Ph.D.  John Galbraith, Ph.D.  L. Scott Eaton, Ph.D.  Ryan D. Stewart, Ph.D.

Topics to Include:

Geology of the Shenandoah Valley

Formation of Redox Features: Is There a Water Table?

Soil Water Permeameters: a comparison of various models

Use of Soils Information to Optimize Development of Utility Scale Solar Facilities

How Land Management Affects Soil Structure and Related Environmental Processes

If you plan to spend the night, please call (540) 799-2000 to get the VAPSS group rate at the Comfort Inn & Suites Raphine-Lexington.

Day 1:

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Raphine Volunteer Fire Company

2130 Raphine Road

Raphine, VA  24472

Registration: 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Presentations: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Buffet Lunch: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presentations: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Membership Meeting: 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Raffle: 5:15 pm – 5:30 pm

6 CEUs are available for attending this day.

A buffet lunch provided by Hogback Mountain BBQ is included in the registration fee.

Raffle Tickets: Each person registered and paid will receive one raffle ticket for a raffle at the end of Day 1.  Additional raffle tickets will be available to purchase as a donation to VAPSS. Winning tickets will earn:

(1) AMS 4’ Extension Signature Series w/ 3¼” Auger Bucket and Rubber Coated Cross Handle

(1) AMS 5’ Extension Signature Series w/ 3¼” Auger Bucket and Rubber Coated Cross Handle

(1) Suunto PM5/360PC Clinometer with Percent and Degree Scales

VAPSS

(1) Bottle of Wine from The Above Ground Winery, Middlebrook (McKinley) Virginia

Day 2:

Friday, September 8, 2023

Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center

at the McCormick Farm

128 McCormick Farm Circle

Raphine, VA  24472

Registration: 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Introduction: 8:30 am – 9:00 am

Pit Rotations: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lunch: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Pit Rotations: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

6 CEUs are available for attending this day.

The day will begin at the McCormick Farm, where attendees will register and hear a presentation about the history & research at McCormick Farm.

We will then make our way to the pit rotation areas. The day will consist of pit description and interpretation. Ksat testing methods, results, and analysis will be discussed on-site.

The topics discussed in the field aim to help attendees solidify the concepts discussed the day before. Attendance both days is recommended.

Sandwiches will be provided for lunch.

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