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Governor’s News ReleaseS

Releases on Virginia agriculture and agribusiness development from the Governor's Newsroom.

2016

December 20, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces Expansion of Major Aquaculture Producer in Henry County
Blue Ridge Aquaculture to expand tilapia growing operation; Create five new jobs

December 8, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Planning Grants
Three projects to receive funds for local agricultural development and to study the impact of agritourism

November 30, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces $775,000 Investment, 5 New Jobs in Louisa County
Coyote Hole Ciderworks to open new cidery; use 100 percent Virginia-grown apples

November 18, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Virginia Agricultural Trade Office in Southeast Asia
New representative to assist agriculture, forestry companies expand exports to growing region

November 2, 2016
President Obama Approves Federal Aid for Virginians Impacted by Hurricane Matthew
Four Hampton Roads cities will receive federal aid to support recovery efforts

November 2, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces November as Virginia Oyster Month
Virginia is the Oyster Capital, Largest Seafood Producer on East Coast

October 27, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Investment, Jobs in Buckingham County
Rock Wood Products of Dillwyn, Inc. to invest $8.75 million; create 12 new jobs, and purchase over $3.5 million in Virginia timber

October 20, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Specialty Crop Grants for Virginia
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October 12, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Meat Processing Facility in Grayson County
River Ridge Land and Cattle Company, LLC to invest $2.1 million and create 11 new jobs

September 1, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Jobs, Investment in Harrisonburg
T&E Meats to Expand Meat Processing Facility

August 31, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Investment, Jobs in City of Alexandria
Port City Brewing to Expand Brewery Operation, Increase Local Agricultural Sourcing Commitment

August 31, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Wine Sales Reach Record High in FY 2016
Sales increased over 6 percent, surpassing 556,500 cases; cider sales show continued sharp growth

August 25, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces 30 New Jobs in Bath County
Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, Inc. to build stave mill, purchase more than $11 million in Virginia forest products

August 22, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Jobs, Investment in Smyth County
Appalachian Mountain Spirits to create thirteen jobs, source 100% Virginia-grown products

August 16, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces Craft Distillery Expansion in City of Manassas
KO Distilling to Create Six New Jobs, Triple Production Capacity, Purchase 100% Virginia-Grown Grains

August 4, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Touts Water Quality Improvement Funding for Virginia Agriculture
Investment provides funds for best management practices and cost-share

August 4, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Funding for Agriculture, Forestry Export Promotion Efforts
Investment expands Virginia’s global footprint into Middle East, S.E. Asia; supports more reverse trade missions to the Commonwealth

July 27, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces Major New Exports to China for Frondita Biogroup
Sales Solidify Animal Nutrition Company’s Position in Growing Market; Business Builds Virginia's Position in Ag-Bio Sector

July 25, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces Low-interest Loans Available to Help those Impacted by June Flooding
Loans available to homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofits

July 20, 2016
First Lady McAuliffe and Secretary Haymore Announce Virginia’s Eighth Oyster Region: Tangier/Middle Bay Region
New designation underscores Virginia’s reputation as the Oyster Capital of the East Coast

July 13, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Exports for Virginia Lumber Companies to the United Kingdom
Four Companies Across the Commonwealth Establish Sales with Key Buyer in Growing Market

July 7, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Statement on the Selection of Basil I. Gooden, Ph.D. as Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry

June 29, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces 105 New Jobs in the Town of Berryville and Clarke County
Handsome Brook Farm, LLC to Invest More Than $6 Million to Establish Egg Processing Operation in Virginia

June 23, 2016
First Lady McAuliffe Celebrates National and Virginia Pollinator Week
Unveils Bumble Bee Box at Executive Mansion, Rooftop Bee Hive in Capitol Square

June 14, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces 32 New Jobs in Henry County
Performance Livestock and Feed Company, Inc. to Invest More Than $4 Million to Establish Feed Production Operation in Virginia

June 8, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Jobs, Investment in Pittsylvania County
Gregory Lumber, Inc. to Expand Sawmill Operation, Purchase Almost $8 Million in Virginia Forest Products

May 24, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits Chooses Botetourt County for East Coast Brewing Operation
Company to invest $47.8 million and create 178 new jobs; Governor met with company officials in San Diego during September 2015 West Coast Marketing Mission

May 16, 2016
Governor McAuliffe to Lead Marketing and Trade Mission to Boston and Canada
Mission aims to recruit new business, create jobs, and promote Virginia products

April 28, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces Successful Virginia Wine Promotion and New Exports to the United Kingdom
Partnership with the United Kingdom’s Oldest Wine Merchant Yields Sales for Several Virginia

April 25, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Forest Product Exports to Germany
America Bluesky Lumber Enters Key European Market

April 18, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Jobs, Investment in Smyth County
Woodgrain Millwork to Expand Manufacturing Facility, Purchase $4.6 Million in Virginia Forest Products

March 22, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces Deschutes Brewery Chooses City of Roanoke for Eastern U.S. Location
Company to invest $85 million and create 108 new jobs

March 11, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces $390,000 in USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants Available for Virginia Agricultural Interests
Request for Applications Now Open, Deadline for Submittal is April 14, 2016

March 9, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Craft Distillery in Halifax County
Springfield Distillery to Create Five Jobs, Source 100% Virginia-grown Products

March 9, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Sawmill in Halifax County
Slick Rock Lumber to Create Thirteen Jobs, Purchase $5 Million in Virginia Forest Products

March 7, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces 2015 Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Exports Figures
Value of Products Shipped Reaches $3.19 Billion; In Challenging Global Marketplace, Commonwealth Solidifies Status as Second Largest East Coast Exporter

February 26, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Creates Task Force to Address Zika Virus
State and local officials will coordinate on mosquito surveillance and control programs

February 22, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces Keswick Vineyards’ 2014 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve Awarded 2016 Governor’s Cup
Keswick’s Winning Vintage Joins 11 Other Virginia Wines to Comprise 2016 Governor’s Cup Case

February 18, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces Cidery Expansion, New Jobs in City of Richmond

Blue Bee Cider, Commonwealth’s Only Urban Cidery, to Relocate and Triple Production; Significantly Increase Virginia Fruit Purchases

February 12, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia is Top State for Agricultural Exports to Cuba
Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade & Investment to Visit Virginia Following January Marketing, Collaboration Mission

February 1, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces Winery Expansion, New Jobs in Westmoreland County
Monroe Bay Vineyard LLC to Become One of Virginia’s First Winery, Cidery Operations

February 1, 2016
Governor McAuliffe to Co-Host 8th Annual Conference on Agricultural Trade March 7-8 in Richmond
Participants Include U.S. Senator Mark Warner, USTR Chief Agricultural Negotiator Darci Vetter

January 14, 2016
New Agricultural Conservation Program Exceeds First-Year Goal
Resource Management Plans are critical to Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay cleanup strategy

January 8, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces Agribusiness Expansion, New Jobs in in Frederick County
Shawnee Canning Company to Double Capacity of Processing Operation; Commits to Purchase Majority of Fruit Needs from Virginia

January 5, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Agreement to Foster Commercial Opportunities between Ports in Virginia and Cuba
MOU between Virginia Port Authority and Cuban National Port Authority will Enhance Cooperation between the Commonwealth and Cuba; Increase Agricultural Exports

January 1, 2016
Governor McAuliffe to Lead Historic Marketing and Collaboration Mission to Cuba
Mission to Build on Current Agricultural Export Business, Evaluate Other Commercial Opportunities between the Commonwealth & Cuba


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