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2015 News Releases

All news releases sent from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).

December

December 30, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Nearly $2 Million in Farmland Preservation Grants

Five Counties, One City Receive Funds to Place Working Farmlands Under Permanent Conservation Easements

December 18, 2015
Virginia Program Keeps Nearly 167,000 Pounds Of Plastic Pesticide Containers From Landfills
An increase of 30.2 percent over 2014 program

December 10, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Craft Malting Operation, Jobs in Loudoun County
Virginia Secures Second Location for Michigan-based Firm, Improves Supply Chain Infrastructure for Fast-Growing Craft Beverage Industry

December 8, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Lifting of Kuwait Ban on Virginia Poultry Products
Recently Completed Trade, Marketing Mission Yields Another Opportunity to Grow Agricultural Export Markets

December 1, 2015
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet, Hold Public Hearings on December 10 in Richmond

November

November 30, 2015
Deck the Halls with Virginia Grown Christmas Trees
Growers say ideal growing conditions make it a great year for Virginia Christmas trees.

November 24, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Lifting of Oman Ban on Virginia Poultry Products
Trade & Marketing Mission Yields Opportunity to Expand Market for Largest Sector of Virginia’s Agricultural Industry

November 23, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Virginia Apple Exports to India
Trade & Marketing Mission Yields Positive Results, Expanded Markets to One of World's Largest Economies, Population Bases

November 20, 2015
New Animal Regulations Now in Effect

November 20, 2015
New Multi-State Specialty Crop Grants Available for Virginia
Deadline December 15, 2015, to Apply for Up to $3 Million for Joint Specialty Crop Grants

November 18, 2015
Thanksgiving to New Year's, it's Easier than Ever to Buy Local in Virginia
Expanding industries such as oysters and hard cider add an elegant touch

November 16, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Planning Grants
Three Projects Receive State Funds, Local Matches to Support Agricultural Development in Six Localities

November 13, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Leads International Trade and Marketing Mission to the Middle East and India
Mission Aims to Support Companies with International Trade Opportunities, Increase Exports, Recruit New Businesses, Create Jobs, and Grow the Commonwealth’s Economy

November 12, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Seafood Export Deals to Canada
Oyster, Clam Sales Result from September Trade, Tourism Mission; Fourth Major Announcement This Week Involving Commonwealth’s Thriving Oyster Industry

November 10, 2015
Virginia Crop Production Forecast November 2015

November 10, 2015
Virginia Oyster Harvests Continue to Soar
Last year’s harvest increased to the highest level since 1986

November 9, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund Planning Grant for Virginia Oyster Trail
Communities in Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Eastern Shore Benefit

November 6, 2015
Virginia Christmas Tree Guide Available
Plan now to find your fresh, locally grown tree for the holiday season.

November 5, 2015
Eight Localities in Virginia Receive Disaster Declaration from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

November 2, 2015
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents of Virginia Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding in Floyd County

October

October 30, 2015
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recognizes Extension Agents Statewide for Outstanding Service

October 26, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Specialty Crop Grants for Virginia
Fifteen Projects Receive More Than $503,000 in USDA Funding

October 13, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Production Greenhouse Facility, Jobs in Culpeper County
BrightFarms, Recently Cited as One of World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, to Invest $7.35 Million, Create 24 Jobs

October 2, 2015
Third Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a Virginia Horse For 2015

October 1, 2015
Virginia Celebrates Farm-to-School Week, October 5-9, 2015

October 1, 2015
Virginia Winter Wheat Production Down 22 Percent from 2014; Grain Stocks Mixed

September

September 30, 2015
Turkeys Raised in Virginia up Four Percent from 2014
Virginia ranks 6th among turkey-producing states

September 30, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces 27th Annual October Virginia Wine Month Celebration

September 30, 2015
October is Virginia Pumpkin Month
Pumpkin growers report a good crop, ready for carving and cooking.

September 29, 2015
October 30 Deadline for Farmland Preservation Matching Funds Grant Application
Nearly $2 million available for Purchase of Development Rights

September 29, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Wine Sales Reach New Record High in FY 2015
Wine Sales Increase Almost 2%, Surpass 524,000 Cases;Cider Sales, Tracked for First Time, Show Tremendous Growth

September 28, 2015
Virginia Companies Exhibiting at the Americas Food and Beverage Show this October
Tradeshow presence will highlight state’s agriculture and specialty food products to an international audience.

September 24, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Agricultural Product Exports to Canada

September 22, 2015
Virginia Food and Beverage Expo Returns March 23, 2016
Online registration available now for trade buyers, media and exhibitors

September 22, 2015
First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe, Celebrates $8.8 Million Grant to End Childhood Hunger in Southwest Virginia

September 21, 2015
2014 Organic Production in Virginia

September 15, 2015
Excellent Apple Crop Expected in Virginia This Year
The finest crop of Golden Delicious apples in years

September 14, 2015
Virginia Still on High Alert for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
No cases in Virginia, but risk returns with cooler weather, return of migratory birds

September 14, 2015
Virginia Crop Production Forecast

September 10, 2015
Undeclared Allergens in Certain Varieties of Baked Goods Made By Davis Bakery

September 3, 2015
Virginia's Ginseng Harvest Season Runs through December 31, 2015

August

August 28, 2015
Governor Declares Honey Month in Virginia
Enjoy honey for its great taste and its energy-boosting, antibacterial and antioxidant properties

August 21, 2015
Second Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a Virginia Horse for 2015
Disease has a 90 percent mortality so prevention is key

August 14, 2015
Virginia Horse Tests Positive for West Nile Virus
Orange County horse was not currently vaccinated against the disease

August 13, 2015
Virginia Crop Production Forecast
August forecast shows corn, soybean and peanut production up from 2014

August 13, 2015
USDA to Measure Small Grain Production

August 7, 2015
2014 Apple, Grape and Peach Production

August 7, 2015
USDA Invests $63 Million to Support 264 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide

August 3, 2015
Good Seed Inc. Recalls Soybean Sprouts and Mung Bean Sprouts Due to Possible Health Risk

July

July 31, 2015
USDA Announces Available Funding for Farm Bill Broadband Loan Program
Deadline for comments on minimum level of broadband service is September 28, 2015; deadline for applications is September 30

July 29, 2015
Governor Proclaims August as Peach Month in Virginia
In 2014, Virginia farmers produced 5,300 tons of peaches

July 27, 2015
Governor Proclaims August 2-8 as Farmers' Market Week in Virginia

July 22, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Major Expansion of Poultry Processing Facility in Rockingham County
Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative, Inc. to Invest Almost $62 million to Expand Operations, Increase Virginia-Grown Purchases

July 20, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces 56 New Jobs in Goochland County
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery to Invest $28 Million to Expand Brewery Operation, Increase Local Agricultural Sourcing Commitment

July 13, 2015
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet July 20 on the Eastern Shore

July 8, 2015
Tips for Poultry Owners Who Show Birds at Events, Exhibits and Sales

July 7, 2015
First Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a Horse for 2015

July 2, 2015
Virginia Corn Stocks Down From 2014; Grain Stocks Up

July 1, 2015
Virginia Soybean and Peanut Acres Increase

July 1, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Craft Distillery in Newport News
Ironclad Distillery to Open City’s First Craft Distillery, Source 100% Virginia-grown Products

June

June 29, 2015
July is Grilling Month 
Food safety tips when grilling

June 22, 2015
Good Seed Inc. Recalls Soybean Sprouts and Mung Bean Sprouts Due to Possible Health Risk

June 19, 2015
USDA Report Indicates Biosecurity is Critical in Preventing Spread of Avian Influenza

June 17, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Planning Grants in Rappahannock County and Shenandoah Valley
Two Projects Receive State Funds to Support Agricultural Development

June 16, 2015
Virginia Companies Exhibiting at Fancy Food Show in New York
Some of the Commonwealth’s tastiest treats will have an international audience at the show.

June 10, 2015
Virginia Winter Wheat Production Forecast Down 13 Percent from 2014

June 10, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Planning Grants in Halifax and Botetourt County
Two Projects Receive State Grants to Support Agricultural Development in Localities

June 5, 2015
Gypsy Moth Aerial Treatments Begin June 15 In Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Grayson, Russell, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wythe Counties

June 4, 2015
Gypsy Moth Aerial Treatments Begin June 8 in Halifax and Mecklenburg Counties

June 3, 2015
Virginia Egg Production Up in 2014

May

May 30, 2015
Hurricane Season Officially Begins June 1; Make Preparations Now to Care For Pets Before or During a Storm

May 27, 2015
USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Socially-Disadvantaged Producers

May 21, 2015
Loan Repayment Award Available to Veterinary Students Who Serve in Under Served Rural Areas after Graduation
Application deadline is June 22, 2015

May 21, 2015
June is Great Outdoors Month
Visit a farm and enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and a myriad of activities.

May 18, 2015
Find Fresh-From-The-Farm Favorites at Local Farmers’ Markets
Take the pledge to spend at least $10 a week at Virginia farmers' markets.

May 14, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Completion of Spring Research Collaborations with NASA Langley Research Center
NASA DEVELOP Projects Support Virginia's Agriculture Sector

May 13, 2015
Virginia 2015 Wheat Forecast and May Hay Stocks
Farmers expect a wheat yield of 71.0 bushels per acre, up three bushels from 2014

May 13, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Craft Distillery in Culpeper County
Old House Distillery to Open Region’s First Joint Winery-Distillery Operation, Sourcing More Than 80% Virginia-Grown Products

May 11, 2015
Report Shows Tremendous Demand for Recent College Graduates with Degrees in Agricultural Programs

May 11, 2015
Agriculture and Forestry Secretary Todd Haymore to Make Important Economic Development Announcement

May 8, 2015
Good Seed Inc. Recalls Soybean Sprouts and Mung Bean Sprouts Due To Possible Health Risk

May 8, 2015
USDA Announces $30 Million Available for Food Entrepreneurs and Agricultural Producers to Develop New Products

May 7, 2015
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet May 21 in Richmond

May 7, 2015
It Makes Sense To Vaccinate Most Horses Now
State Veterinarian’s Office Urges Horse Owners to Check with Their Veterinarians Now Regarding Vaccination Schedule

May 7, 2015
USDA/NASS Seeks Input from Growers About 2015 Crop, Stocks, Inventories, Values

May 5, 2015
Virginia Strawberry Growers Anticipate a Strong Season
Warm weather brings local strawberries to pick-your-own fields, markets and festivals across the state.

May 5, 2015
SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center to Open Saturday in Lee County

May 4, 2015
Virginia Producers Invited To Explore Export Opportunities at June Events
Meetings are designed to identify new markets for Virginia agricultural, food and forest products.

April

April 30, 2015
Low-Interest Recovery Loans Available to Help Southwest Virginia Residents Affected By Winter Storms and Flooding

April 30, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Farmstead Cheese Production and Processing Facility in Albemarle County
Twenty Paces to Create Jobs, Introduce Apprenticeship Program and Support Next Generation of Farmers in County

April 30, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Specialty Poultry Production, Processing Facility to Locate in Albemarle County
Kelly Turkeys USA, LLC to Invest $1.4 Million to Build Operations, Create More than 30 Jobs

April 28, 2015
Media Advisory: Economic Development Announcements

April 27, 2015
Virginia Agricultural Council Funds Research Projects Totaling Nearly $315,000

April 24, 2015
Virginia Has Been Preparing Its Response to Avian Influenza Since 2002
No current cases in Virginia, but state urges precautions as nationwide outbreak spreads.

April 21, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces 160 New Jobs in Shenandoah County
Andros Foods North America to invest $73 million to expand fruit processing operation

April 16, 2015
Farmers May Need to Take Action by June 1 to Remain Eligible for Crop Insurance Premium Support

April 14, 2015
USDA Announces 2015 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials

April 10, 2015
USDA Grant to Benefit 11 Virginia Farmers’ Markets
Award kicks off farmers’ market season and helps increase access to fresh, nutritious foods for all Virginians.

April 9, 2015
Sabra Dipping Company Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Select SKUs of Its Classic Hummus

April 8, 2015
Virginia Grain Stocks

April 3, 2015
Henry's Farm Inc. Recalls Soybean Sprouts Due to Possible Health Risk

April 3, 2015
Virginia Farmers Intend to Plant More Peanuts and Oats in 2015

April 1, 2015
Keep Virginia Green and Growing this Spring
Planting Virginia Grown plants promotes a healthy environment, reduces storm water runoff and supports the state’s greenhouse industry.

March

March 30, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Expansion of Organic Herb Growing Facility in Rockingham County
Shenandoah Growers, Inc. to Invest $8.7 Million to Expand Operations, Create Jobs, Relocate Headquarters, Grow Sales

March 30, 2015
Biosecurity is for the Birds

March 30, 2015
VDACS Launches Online Directory of Bingo Games
Directory lists the times and locations of permitted bingo games in the Commonwealth.

March 27, 2015
USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines
Farmers Have Until April 7 to Update Yields, Reallocate Base Acres, and Make Final Selections

March 26, 2015
Steps to Avoid the Introduction and Spread of Invasive Species
April is Invasive Plant, Pest and Disease Awareness Month

March 25, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Wine Grape Harvest Increases 17%

Commonwealth Sees Second Largest Wine Grape Harvest on New Plantings, Solid 2014 Growing Season

March 18, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Expansion of Specialty Potato Chip Production Facility in Shenandoah County

March 12, 2015
Virginia Needs to Observe Strict Biosecurity in Light of Avian Influenza Outbreaks Elsewhere
No cases in Virginia, but state urges precautions

March 11, 2015
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet, Hold Public Hearing on March 19 in Richmond

March 9, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Exports Reach New All-Time High

March 5, 2015
Thank a Farmer during Agriculture Week March 15-21

March 4, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Malting Facility, Craft Distillery in City of Petersburg
Big Trouble Malting and Spirits to Revitalize Historic Downtown Site, Source 100% Virginia-Grown Products

March 2, 2015
USDA Surveying Farmers' Planting Intentions for 2015

March 2, 2015
State Veterinarian Encourages Livestock Show Managers and Exhibitors to Practice Biosecurity

March 2, 2015
USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield History for ARC/PLC Programs

March 2, 2015
Virginia Peanut Yield Sets National Record in 2014
VDACS applauds state’s peanut growers; encourages Virginians to celebrate National Peanut Month in March.

February

February 26, 2015
Virginia Receives Federal Grant to Advance Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
Funds will go toward agricultural best practices

February 25, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Agriculture, Forestry Planning Grants for Orange County, City of Richmond

February 24, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Muse Vineyards’ 2009 Clio Awarded 2015 Virginia Wine Governor’s Cup
Woodstock-based Muse’s Bordeaux-styled Red Blend Scores Best Amongst Almost 400 Entries from 94 Wineries

February 23, 2015
Agriculture Mediation Services Available for Farm-Related Disputes
USDA-certified FARM-VA program offers free or low-cost resources and mediation services.

February 19, 2015
USDA Announces $9 Million to Support Community Food Projects Program

February 18, 2015
Subscription Programs Deliver Farm-Fresh, Virginia Grown Products
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are now enrolling customers for the 2015 season.

February 18, 2015
Two Virginia Counties – Bath and Highland – Receive Primary Disaster Declarations for Drought In 2014
Alleghany, Augusta and Rockbridge counties receive designation as contiguous disaster areas

February 17, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Congratulates Luca Paschina on Presentation of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
One of Italy's Highest Civilian Honors Bestowed Upon Long-time Barboursville Vineyards General Manager, Winemaker

February 13, 2015
Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) Confirmed in an Additional Virginia Horse

February 12, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces $565,000 in USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants Available for Virginia Agricultural Interests
Request for Applications Now Open, Deadline for Submittal is April 2, 2015

February 10, 2015
USDA Announces Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

February 7, 2015
Virginia Vineyards Association Names Fernando Franco Grower of the Year

February 6, 2015
Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) Confirmed in a Virginia Horse

February 6, 2015
USDA Announces Over $9 Million to Support Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers
Grants Will Help Diversify American Agriculture

February 6, 2015
Governor McAuliffe to Co-Host 7th Annual Conference on Agricultural Trade March 9-10 in Richmond
Participants Include U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, USTR Chief Agricultural Negotiator Darci Vetter, Ambassadors from Canada, Cuba, Indonesia

January

January 30, 2015
Just How Big is Agriculture in Virginia? - Really Big

January 29, 2015
Ingredients for the Perfect Valentine's Day are Found in Virginia

January 26, 2015
Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Expanded Market Access for U.S. Grown Apples to China

January 26, 2015
USDA Creates More Bird Habitat Opportunities on Irrigated Farmland

January 22, 2015
Virginia Program Keeps More Than 128,000 Pounds of Plastic Pesticide Containers From Landfills
2014 Program Increased Collections by 40 Percent.

January 21, 2015
Registration Open for Upcoming VDACS Marketing Conferences
March programs will benefit Virginia food and beverage producers, farm-to-school professionals and more.

January 14, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces $200,000 in Building Collaborative Communities Funding
Grants encourage regional economic collaboration

January 12, 2015
USDA Announces More Than $18 Million to Support Training and Development for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
Funds Will Build a Diverse Future Generation for American Agriculture

January 12, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces More Than $1.5 Million in Farmland Preservation Grants to Six Localities
Five Counties, One City Receive Funds to Place Working Farmlands under Permanent Conservation Easements 

January 6, 2015
USDA Observes Kick Off of the International Year of Soils

January 6, 2015
Virginia Companies Exhibiting at Fancy Food Show in San Francisco
Some of the Commonwealth’s tastiest treats will have an international audience at the show’s Virginia Pavilion.


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