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Governor’s News ReleaseS

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


December 11, 2019
Governor Northam Announces Indoor Vertical Farm to Bring 92 New Jobs to Danville-Pittsylvania County
AeroFarms to build $42 million state-of-the art facility

November 14, 2019
Governor Northam Kicks Off Virginia Cider Week with Ribbon-Cutting in Albemarle County
Potter’s Craft Cider opens new production facility, tasting room in preserved historic building

November 7, 2019
Governor Northam Announces New Jobs, Investment in the City of Franklin
Hubbard Peanut Company marks 65th anniversary with plans to open new production and retail facility

October 31, 2019
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s First Commercial Hemp Fiber Processor Locating in Wythe County
Appalachian Biomass Processing to create critical processing infrastructure for fast-growing industrial hemp industry

October 28, 2019
Governor Northam Announces New Wine Production Facility Locating in Nelson County
Virginia Sparkling Company to partner with Commonwealth’s wineries to produce Champagne-style wines

October 11, 2019
Governor Northam Issues Statewide Drought Watch Advisory
Low rainfall amounts and record-breaking high temperatures contribute to drought conditions in many regions of Virginia

October 4, 2019
Virginia First Lady Promotes Farm to School Week
Annual "Crunch Heard 'Round the Commonwealth" event will take place on Wednesday October 9

October 3, 2019
Governor Northam Announces 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Recipients
Grants will support 10 agriculture-related projects to advance specialty crop production and increase economic development

September 10, 2019
Governor Northam Announces Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund Planning Grant Awarded to Russell County
Funding will support study of potential meat processing facility; project is part of effort to diversify economic base, support area livestock producers

August 29, 2019
Governor Northam Announces Virginia Farmland Preservation Fund Surpasses 100 Conservation Easements
Major milestone achieved for program providing matching funds to local Purchase of Development Rights programs

August 9, 2019
Governor Northam Announces Jobs, Investment in Bedford County
Legacy Cider to invest $300,000 to establish new hard cider production facility

July 29, 2019
Governor Northam Announces New Jobs, Investment in Sussex County
Three Brothers Distillery to receive County’s first AFID award, quadruple production

June 28, 2019
Governor Northam Announces New Jobs, Investment in Isle of Wight County
M&M Milling to invest $2.3 million to establish first East Coast milling location

June 19, 2019
Governor Northam Announces New International Partnerships for Virginia Distilleries
Two Virginia craft distilleries make new international sales with assistance from Virginia agricultural trade office

May 20, 2019
Governor Northam Designates May 19–25 as Virginia Agriculture Week
Governor, administration officials to participate in events that celebrate the success of Virginia’s largest private sector industry and highlight the Commonwealth’s diverse agriculture sector

May 15, 2019
Governor Northam Announces First Craft Cidery in City of Alexandria
Lost Boy Cider to renovate vacant warehouse, open City’s first Virginia Farm Winery-licensed production facility

April 29, 2019
Governor Northam Announces Major Expansion by New Kent Winery
New partnerships lead to additional jobs created, increased purchases of Virginia products, and doubling of production

April 8, 2019
Virginia First Lady Announces Farm-to-School Goal, Connecting Schools to Virginia Growers
Commonwealth aims to increase local food purchases to at least $22 million by 2022

March 25, 2019
Governor Northam Celebrates Innovative Economic and Community Development Project in Middlesex County
Cook’s Corner revitalization will include restaurant and brewery, affordable workforce housing, water and sewer infrastructure, and other community facilities

February 27, 2019
Governor Northam Announces $1.2 Million Investment in Town of Warsaw
Old Rappahannock Brewing Company to establish first craft brewery in Richmond County, will locate in renovated historic building

February 26, 2019
Virginia’s Horton Vineyards Wins 2019 Governor’s Cup® with 2016 Petit Manseng
Horton Vineyards’ Gold Medal winning white wine joins 11 other Virginia wines to comprise the 2019 Governor’s Cup Case®

February 19, 2019
Eight Virginia Breweries to Exhibit in London at Craft Beer Rising 2019

February 12, 2019
Governor Northam Announces Grant to Assist Virginia Farmers and Food Producers Selling Directly to Buyers
Three Shenandoah Valley counties receive funding to support vendor training, creation of toolkit for hosting of local food trade shows

January 17, 2019
Governor Northam Announces Over $600,000 in Farmland Preservation Grants
Albemarle, Clarke, Fauquier, and Stafford counties, cities of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach receive funds to place working farmlands under permanent conservation easements

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