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2016 News Releases

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


December 27, 2016
NASS Surveying Cattle Operations

December 22, 2016
USDA to Survey Dairy Farms on the Financial Well-Being of American Farm Families

December 20, 2016
What Farmers Want for Christmas?

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 20, 2016
Virginia 9th in U.S. in Local Foods Sales

December 16, 2016
NASS Publishes Small Grains County Estimates

December 16, 2016
Survey Program Results: No Boll Weevils in Virginia

December 13, 2016
USDA Sends Preliminary Survey for the 2017 Census of Agriculture

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

December 7, 2016
USDA Offers New Opportunities to Enroll in Popular Conservation Program


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 30, 2016
Make this the Year to Deck the Halls with Virginia Grown Christmas Trees
Governor McAuliffe Proclaims December as Virginia Christmas Tree Month

November 29, 2016
USDA Makes Changes to Crop Insurance to Ensure a Strong Safety Net for Farmers
New provisions for the Prevented Planting Program take effect for 2017 spring crops

November 28, 2016
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet, Hold Two Public Hearings on December 8, 2016

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 9, 2016
Corn, Soybean and Cotton Yields Down; Still Above 2015

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 31, 2016
Twenty Virginia Companies Receive Value-added Grants Totaling $3.9 Million

October 28, 2016
Federal Contiguous Disaster Designations for Localities Adjacent to North Carolina

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
Check your delivery before paying to be sure you get full value

October 19, 2016
Don’t Get Burned When Buying Firewood
Check your delivery before paying to be sure you get full value

October 14, 2016
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Announces that the U.S. Small Business Authority Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents of Southampton County and the City of Suffolk Affected by Hurricane Matthew
Assistance available for small agricultural cooperatives and small businesses engaged in aquaculture

October 13, 2016
Crop Yields Improved from September; Progress Still Behind Five-year Average

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

October 12, 2016
Pumpkin Growers Deliver Pumpkins to Governor and First Lady

October 6, 2016
Firewood Awareness Month
You can protect the places you love by preventing the spread of forest pests on firewood

October 3, 2016
Virginia Winter Wheat Production down 33 percent from 2015
Lowest Wheat and Barley Yields since 2010


September 30, 2016
Virginia Schools and Farmers Work Together for Better Child Nutrition
Virginia observes Farm-to-School Week Oct. 3-7

September 28, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Declares October as Virginia Pumpkin Month
The Commonwealth has approximately 3,000 acres of wholesale pumpkins valued at more than $6 million

September 26, 2016
Two Virginia Farmers’ Markets in Top Five Favorites Nationwide

September 16, 2016
National Survey on Certified Organic Production Shows Tobacco as the Leading Organic Product in Virginia

September 13, 2016
Despite a Year of Extreme Weather, Virginia’s Apples Should be Plentiful this Year

September 2, 2016
Back-To-School Food Safety Tips for Parents and Caregivers
Minimize risk of foodborne illness by properly packing lunches

September 1, 2016
This Labor Day, Let’s All Remember Our Farmers

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

September 1, 2016
Virginia’s Ginseng Harvest Season Runs Through Dec. 31, 2016


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 29, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Declares September as Honey Month
Much of Virginia’s honey is harvested in September

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 24, 2016
Follow Pesticide Label Instructions to Effectively Protect Against Mosquitoes

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 18, 2016
Fifth and Sixth Cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Virginia Horses This Year

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 16, 2016
Major Redesign to Online Database Connecting Virginia’s Farm Owners with Qualified Farm Seekers

August 15, 2016
Virginia Corn, Soybean, Cotton and Peanut Crop Forecasts Up from Last Year
Winter wheat and barley harvests down

August 8, 2016
Check Trees in August for the Asian Longhorned Beetle
August is a Prime Time to Spot and Report Beetles

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

August 2, 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 26, 2016
Governor Proclaims August 7 – 13, 2016 as Farmers’ Market Week in Virginia
Commissioner of Agriculture explains the dramatic growth in Virginia markets

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 22, 2016
2015 Peach, Apple and Grape Production

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 12, 2016
Rainy May Affects Virginia’s Winter Wheat Yield
Winter Wheat is Virginia’s 12th highest-ranking agricultural commodity, with $112 million in cash receipts in 2014, the last year for which we have records

July 12, 2016
Second Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a Virginia Horse this Year
Disease has a 80 to 90 percent mortality so prevention is key

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

July 6, 2016
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet on July 20 in Doswell


June 30, 2016
Virginia Soybean Acreage Down, Corn Up from 2015
Cotton and Tobacco also Down, Peanuts Up

June 30, 2016
First Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a Horse for 2016

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 27, 2016
Dates and Collection Sites Announced for 2016 Pesticide Disposal Program

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 20, 2016
VDACS Launches Fantasy Contest Operator Registration Application
Registration required beginning July 1, 2016

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 13, 2016
Virginia 2016 Wheat Production Forecast

June 10, 2016
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents of Virginia Affected by Severe Storms and Tornadoes
Residents of Appomattox and Essex counties and the adjacent counties of Amherst, Buckingham, Campbell, Caroline, Charlotte, King and Queen, King George, Middlesex, Nelson, Prince Edward, Richmond and Westmoreland may apply

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

June 6, 2016
Virginia Companies Exhibiting at Fancy Food Show in New York
Pam Barefoot, owner/founder of Blue Crab Bay, will be inducted into the Specialty Food Hall of Fame during the show


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 23, 2016
Control Mosquitos to Protect Horses and People

May 18, 2016
USDA Announces $21 Million Available For Bioeconomy Research and Development

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

May 16, 2016
As Picnic Season Begins, Protect Yourself from Foodborne Illness and Mosquitoes

May 13, 2016
2015 Final Tobacco Estimates
Production, most yields and acreage were down from 2014

May 12, 2016
Farmers’ Market Season in Full Swing in Virginia
The number of Virginia farmers' markets has grown by almost 195 percent since 2005

May 12, 2016
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet on May 26 in Richmond

May 11, 2016
First Shipment of Food Assistance for Low-income Seniors

May 11, 2016
Virginia 2016 Wheat Forecast and May Hay Stocks

May 11, 2016
USDA Launches First-Ever Local Foods Survey
Data from the 2012 Agriculture Census shows Virginia ranked 10th in the nation in direct consumer sales.

May 1, 2016
USDA Unveils New Urban Agriculture Toolkit for Urban Farmers and Agribusiness Entrepreneurs


April 29, 2016
New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment Will Help New, Small and Mid-Sized Farmers

April 29, 2016
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Receives Poultry Industry Award for Contributions to Agricultural Youth Opportunities

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

April 18, 2016
Loan Repayment Awards May be Available to Veterinary Students Who Serve in Under Served Rural Areas after Graduation
Application deadline is May 20, 2016

April 1, 2016
What Virginia Farmers are Planting in 2016


March 30, 2016
Help Save Virginia’s Honey Bees; Plant a Pollinator Window Box

March 28, 2016
Department Selects Dr. Charles Broaddus as State Veterinarian, Director of the Division of Animal and Food Industry Services

March 23, 2016
Expo Showcases Hundreds of Virginia Specialty Foods and Beverages
Entrepreneurs from Charlottesville, Midlothian and Richmond win Best New Product competition

March 22, 2016
Henry’s Farm Inc. Recalls Soybean Sprouts Due to Possible Health Risk

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 22, 2016
It Makes Sense to Vaccinate Most Horses Now
State Veterinarian’s Office Urges Horse Owners to Check with Their Veterinarians Now Regarding Vaccination Schedule

March 16, 2016
Quarantine Lifted on Thoroughbred Training Facility in Fauquier County

March 14, 2016
Trade Event to Connect Virginia Products with Food and Beverage Buyers
VDACS hosts the Virginia Food and Beverage Expo on March 23

March 14, 2016
$260 Million Available for Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Applications sought with a focus on environmental markets, conservation finance

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 10, 2016
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet on March 24 in Richmond

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 8, 2016
Celebrate Virginia Agriculture Week March 13-19
Five Important Facts about Virginia Agriculture and Five Ways Everyone Can Get Involved

March 8, 2016
Peanut Butter Donation to Federation of Virginia Food Banks to Honor National Peanut Month

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

March 1, 2016
Virginia Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1 in Florida


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 25, 2016
Virginia Recognizes National Weights and Measures Week, March 1-7
Office of Weights and Measures protects the Commonwealth’s consumers and businesses

February 24, 2016
Virginia Farm Numbers Down Three Percent From 2014

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 10, 2016
Federal Primary Disaster Designations for the City of Suffolk and Greensville County
Brunswick, Dinwiddie, Isle of Wight, Southampton and Sussex Counties and the Cities of Chesapeake, Emporia, Hampton, Newport News and Portsmouth Received Contiguous Disaster Declarations

February 5, 2016
Federal Disaster Designations for Halifax, Henry, Pittsylvania Counties

February 2, 2016
Virginia Livestock and Grain Inventory

February 2, 2016
Media Invited to Attend the Virginia Food and Beverage Expo on March 23
Trade event offers the opportunity to meet Virginia producers, discover food and beverage trends

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 29, 2016
Toll Gate Farm’s Bill Freitag Named VVA Grower of the Year

January 25, 2016
Pollinator Protection Plan listening session scheduled for January 26 in Warrenton has been cancelled

January 20, 2016
USDA to Measure Farmland Rental Rates

January 19, 2016
Preparing Livestock and Farms for Winter Storms
The time to prepare is now, before a storm hits

January 18, 2016
Avian Influenza in Indiana Gives Virginia Poultry Owners another Reason to Practice Strict Biosecurity

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

January 13, 2016
2015 Virginia Agricultural Production

January 12, 2016
VDACS Launches Mobile-Friendly Website with Fresh Look, Improved Navigation
Updates will help the agency better serve its diverse stakeholders

January 11, 2016
Virginia Receives Funds for Food Assistance for Seniors
New federal appropriation will benefit 5,000 low-income senior

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 7, 2016
Federal Disaster Designations for Tidewater, Southside 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 5, 2016
Virginia Companies Exhibiting at Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco
The Virginia Pavilion will showcase some of the Commonwealth’s tastiest treats.

January 4, 2016
Program Removes More than 62,000 Pounds of Unwanted Pesticides from the State
More than 1.4 million pounds have been disposed since the program’s inception in 1990

January 4, 2016
VDACS Solicits Comments on State Pollinator Protection Plan
Interested parties may attend one of seven meetings around the state or submit comments in writing

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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