Bedford County Economic Development

Office of Economic Development


Upcoming Ag Events

To add your event to this list, please email Pam Bailey or call 540-587-5670. You can also look at the state extension office page here for events.


Direct Market Success – Spotlighting Women in Ag in Bedford County — Event

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Bedford Cooperative Extension Office, 7:00 p.m.
1257 Country Farm Road, Suite B, Bedford, VA 24523

Do you have a product that you want to sell directly to the public? This is an informational meeting to learn from successful direct market producers. Come listen to the Forest Farmer’s Market Manager for information on getting started, and talk to people who have already had success selling their products. Information on local farm programs will also be available.

Featuring Dorothy McIntyre,Forest Farmer’s Market – FSA – NRCS – Virginia Cooperative Extension – Peaks of Otter Soil & Water Conservation District – Booths by Local Agriculture Producers. Refreshments will be served.

Questions or Reservations: Contact Jesse Turner – 540-586-9646 x2

Growing Virginia’s Berry Industry – Event

On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Virginia State University College of Agriculture will hold “Growing Virginia’s Berry Industry, an event designed to help the Commonwealth build a stronger, more viable berry industry, including blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries.

With U.S. berry sales totaling $5.8 billion annually, berries are a lucrative opportunity for Virginia’s farmers. “Our climate and soil are well suited to growing berries, but our berry production is much smaller than southern neighboring states,” says Reza Rafie, PhD., Professor of Horticulture. 

The educational event will be held from 9 – 11:30 a.m. at Conference Room 300, Wilder Bldg, Virginia State University, Petersburg, Va.

RSVP to by March 15, 2019 or call VSU at 804-524-5840.

See full invitational letter here: Berry Event

Ag Bio Conference

Conference – March 27, 2019 – The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research,
150 Slayton Ave, Danville, VA 24540

Virginia and North Carolina are combining strengths for an exceptional one-day conference to advance cutting-edge research and innovation driving solutions for the agriculture industry. More information at


Coyote Lottery

Coyote Lottery – October 1, 2018 – March 1, 2019

Sportsmen can check in coyotes harvested by any means at the Bedford Southern States Cooperative on Independence Blvd in Bedford City. The coyote must be taken in Bedford County or Town only. When the animal is checked in, the hunter will fill out an entry form for each animal and receive a ticket to go into a lottery drawing. Animals taken may be frozen to preserve them until check-in if necessary. Make sure the mouth is propped open because the tongue will have to be removed by the hunter when checked in to prevent double dipping. The tickets will be put in a lockbox and a drawing will be held the first part of March.

View the rules and regulations: Coyote Lottery Rules & Regulations 2018/19
View the flyer: Coyote Flyer