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2017 News Releases

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

November

November 16, 2017
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Enlists the Public’s Help in Curbing the Spread of Boxwood Disease Through Holiday Greenery

November 14, 2017
Deadline Approaching in Virginia for SBA Working Capital Loans Due to Hurricane Matthew, Excessive Heat & Rain, Flash Flooding in 2016

November 9, 2017
Record Yield Forecast for Virginia Soybeans with Increased Yields for Corn and Peanuts

November 9, 2017
Final 2017 Row Crop Production and Grain Stocks Surveys Coming Soon
Virginia Farmers Encouraged to Participate; County-Level Data Are Critical for USDA Farm Payment

November 9, 2017
Luray Fitness Center Closes; Eligible Members Must File for Refund by Dec. 31, 2017

November 6, 2017
Oyster Farmers Are Real Farmers and an Important Part of the Virginia Industry of Agriculture
Celebrate Virginia Oyster Month by Visiting an Oyster Farm

November 3, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund Planning Grants
Two projects to receive funds to study agricultural market development and the impact of land conservation

October

October 24, 2017
How Much Do Virginians Love Their Farmers’ Markets?
Plenty, says the Farm. Fresh. Pledge! contest

October 19, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces 33 New Jobs in Carroll County
Virginia Produce Company, Inc. invest $650,000; expand produce wholesale

October 18, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces $481,410 in USDA New Specialty Crop Block Grants for Virginia
Grants will go to 10 agriculture-related projects which will promote, enhance the competitiveness of Virginia’s specialty crops

October 18, 2017
2018 Virginia Food and Beverage Expo Returning to Richmond March 21
Exhibitors, trade buyers and media encouraged to register

October 13, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces 21 New Jobs in Loudoun County
Kappa Farms to invest $865,000; open new aquaponics facility

October 12, 2017
Virginia Cotton Production Forecast Up 90 Percent from 2016; Peanuts Up 51 Percent

October 3, 2017
Governor Announces 29th Annual October Virginia Wine Month Celebration
‘Discover Your Local Crush’ with Virginia wine specials at wine shops, restaurants, and wineries throughout the month of October

October 3, 2017
Ensuring that Livestock and Poultry Exhibited at Virginia’s Fairs Are Healthy and Disease Free

October 2, 2017
Virginia Farmers Storing More Wheat, Barley and Oats than Last Year

September

September 29, 2017
First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe Announces Feed Virginia Day of Action
Communities and schools across Virginia host volunteer events to support the Commonwealth’s food system

September 28, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces 12 New Jobs in Loudoun County
Chrysalis Vineyards farm winery to invest $478,000; establish Agriculture District Center, add creamery, bakery

September 27, 2017
Countdown to the Census of Agriculture: the Gold Standard for Reliable Information on Agriculture; Response Deadline is Feb. 5, 2018

September 26, 2017
Pumpkin Growers Report Quality Crops this Season
The Commonwealth has approximately 2,300 acres of wholesale pumpkins valued at more than $11

September 25, 2017
Virginia Observes Farm-to-School Week with Events and Local Foods across the State

September 25, 2017
Virginia Capitol Farmers’ Market Celebrates Feed Virginia Day of Action

September 21, 2017
Tobacco Remains Virginia’s Top Organic Commodity

September 14, 2017
Virginia’s Cotton Forecast up 90 Percent from 2016
Peanut, soybean, flue-cured tobacco production also up

September 7, 2017
USDA to Measure Small Grains Production with September Surveys

August

August 30, 2017
Virginia’s Ginseng Harvest Season Runs Through Dec. 31

August 25, 2017
Virginia Horses Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1
Horses are unrelated to the Culpeper farm where the virus was detected 10 days ago

August 24, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces 13 New Jobs in Augusta County
Stable Craft Brewing to invest $500,000 and triple production; will buy Virginia-grown

August 24, 2017
Virginia Expects a Favorable Honey Harvest this Season
September is Honey Month across the Commonwealth

August 23, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces 66 New Jobs in City of Manassas
Heritage Brewing Co. will invest $8.9 million to relocate and expand its operation

August 17, 2017
August 17 Update on Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy in Virginia

August 16, 2017
Update on Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy in Virginia

August 16, 2017
Virginia Apple, Grape and Peach Production Forecasts Up; National Forecasts Down

August 15, 2017
Virginia Horses Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1

August 3, 2017
Virginia Honey Bee Colonies Up 23 percent since January 1, 2016

July

July 28, 2017
Virginians Called to Celebrate Farmers' Market Week
Governor proclaims August 6-12 as Virginia Farmers' Market Week

July 26, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces First Hard Cidery in Hampton Roads
Sly Clyde Ciderworks to invest in the City of Hampton; will source all apples from Virginia

July 24, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces Partnership to Promote Virginia’s Farmer Veterans
Combined Virginia Grown and Homegrown By Heroes logo will be used to market Virginia’s veteran-grown products to consumers

July 18, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces Agriculture and Forestry Industries Have $91 Billion Economic Impact in Virginia
Annual economic contribution rises from $70 billion to $91 billion in four years

July 14, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Agreement to Foster Economic Development Opportunities between Virginia and Mexico
MOU between Virginia and the City of Mexico City will enhance collaboration in business recruitment, trade efforts

July 14, 2017
Virginia’s Summer is Just Peachy. Literally.

July 11, 2017
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet July 26 in Alexandria

July 10, 2017
Virginia Horse Tests Positive for West Nile Virus
The Wythe County horse had not been vaccinated

June

June 30, 2017
Virginia Farmers Planting More Cotton and Peanuts

June 29, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces New UK Export Sales and Partnership for Virginia Craft Brewery
New international sales opportunity for Hardywood Park results from European trade, marketing missions; assistance from Virginia agricultural trade office

June 29, 2017
July 4th is Coming; Keep Your Food Safe for a Happy, Healthy Holiday

June 28, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Jobs, Investment in Charlottesville
Three Notch’d Brewing Company to build new production facility; buy Virginia-grown products

June 23, 2017
Virginia Farmers not Previously Counted in Census of Agriculture Have until June 30 to Make Sure They are Represented

June 20, 2017
It’s the Summer Solstice - Celebrate with Virginia Farm Products

June 19, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces VDOE is Awarded $99,825 USDA Grant to Support Farm-to-School Programs

June 16, 2017
Governor McAuliffe to Lead Trade and Marketing Mission to Europe
Mission Aims to Encourage New Investment, Trade, Tourism Opportunities in the Commonwealth

June 15, 2017
Pledge to Buy Virginia Grown, Support Your Local Economy
Virginia’s farmers’ markets open for business

June 15, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Now Home to 206 Licensed Breweries
Virginia Now Has More Breweries Than North Carolina

June 9, 2017
Virginia Farmers Expect a Yield of 64 Bushels Per Acre, Up 11 Bushels from 2016 and Higher than the National Yield

June 8, 2017
Agriculture Department Releases Pollinator Protection Plan
Key to the voluntary plan is communication

June 7, 2017
Happy Sprout Inc. Recalls Soybean Sprouts Due to Possible Health Risk

June 6, 2017
New Tax Credit Available to Virginia Farmers to Help Reduce Food Waste
Nonprofit food banks benefit from fresh food donations

June 5, 2017
Virginia’s Largest Exhibit Planned for Fancy Food Show in New York
Two sofi awards for Hudson Henry Baking Co. in Palmyra; Edwards Virginia Smokehouse owner in Surry to be inducted into Specialty Food Hall of Fame

May

May 31, 2017
Hurricane Season Officially Begins June 1; Farmers Should Prepare Now

May 31, 2017
First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe Announces the Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN)
Interactive website shares information and connects stakeholders across Virginia’s food

May 26, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery to Create 59 New Jobs in Lynchburg
Investments top $14 million for expansion in Goochland County and new production facility in City of Lynchburg

May 25, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Jobs in City of Salem
Parkway Brewing Company to double production; buy Virginia-grown products

May 24, 2017
Virginia Farmers to Participate in Important National Surveys

May 19, 2017
Grab Summer by the Roots
Six Vacation Destinations to Learn about Virginia’s Agricultural History

May 18, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Virginia Lumber Sales to Mexico
Recent Mexico trade mission expanded sales opportunities for Virginia

May 17, 2017
Tiny Weevils Enlisted to Control Aggressive Mile-a-Minute Weed

May 17, 2017
Nearly 1,400 Virginia Farms Are Designated as Century Farms
Virginia’s Century Farm Program Turns 20

May 12, 2017
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet on May 25 in Richmond

May 11, 2017
Virginia’s Expected Winter Wheat Yields Up 21 Percent from 2016

May 9, 2017
Governor McAuliffe to Lead Trade and Marketing Mission to New York and Texas
Mission Aims to Encourage New Investment in the Commonwealth

May 4, 2017
Virginia Strawberry Growers Expect a Strong Season
Local, fresh strawberries available statewide

May 1, 2017
Governor McAuliffe to Lead Trade and Marketing Mission to Mexico
26th mission aims to encourage new investment in the Commonwealth, promote increased exports

April

April 27, 2017
Farmers’ Markets Flourish in Virginia, Providing an Array of Products and Economic Benefits
The Commonwealth has more than 230 farmers’ markets in rural and urban areas

April 20, 2017
Federal Aid Available to Eligible Virginia Farmers Impacted by Hurricane Matthew

April 20, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Economic Impact Figures for Virginia’s Agritourism Industry
Inaugural study shows that agritourism accounts for $2.2 billion in economic activity in the Commonwealth

April 19, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Jobs, Investment in Albemarle County
Ragged Branch Distillery to Open Craft Spirits Production, Creating Four New Jobs

April 17, 2017
28 Virginia Projects Receive Nearly $370,000 for Agricultural Research

April 6, 2017
Avoid the Introduction and Spread of Invasive Species
April is Invasive Plant, Pest and Disease Awareness Month

April 5, 2017
Maryland Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1 in Virginia

April 4, 2017
It Makes Sense to Vaccinate Most Horses Now
State Veterinarian’s Office encourages horse owners to check with their veterinarians now regarding vaccination schedule

April 3, 2017
Virginia Farmers Intend to Plant More Soybeans and Less Corn this Year

March

March 29, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces Shamrock Farms to Create More Than 70 New Jobs in Augusta County
Company to invest more than $40 million to expand milk manufacturing facility

March 27, 2017
Freezing Temperatures in 2016 Impacted Virginia Honey Production
Honey bees important to the Commonwealth’s agriculture

March 17, 2017
Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Ranchers

March 16, 2017
Warmest February on Record Creates a Mixed Outlook for Virginia’s Farmers

March 13, 2017
Pass It On: Without Agriculture We’d All Starve

March 10, 2017
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet on March 23 in Richmond

March 7, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces $4.5 Million in New Virginia Soybean Exports to Southeast Asia
Commonwealth’s Agricultural, Forestry Export Growth Initiative Connects Virginia Producers with Customers in Emerging Markets

March 6, 2017
USDA Confirms Highly Pathogenic H7 Avian Influenza in a Commercial Flock in Tennessee
Virginia urges strict biosecurity to protect the state’s commercial birds and backyard flocks

March 5, 2017
USDA Confirms Highly Pathogenic H7 Avian Influenza in a Commercial Flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee

March 3, 2017
CDC: Multistate Outbreak of E-coli Linked to I.M. Healthy Brand SoyNut Butter

March 1, 2017
Peanut Butter Donation to Federation of Virginia Food Banks to Honor National Peanut Month

March 1, 2017
The Commonwealth’s Unsung Heroes – Defenders of Consumer Safety and Value
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Observes National Consumer Protection Week

February

February 28, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Jobs, Investment in Shenandoah County
Filibuster Distillery to expand craft spirits production; create eight new jobs

February 27, 2017
USDA to Collect Data on Farmland Rental Rates
Survey results will serve as a decision-making tool for farmers when preparing 2018 rental agreements

February 24, 2017
Accomack County Leads Virginia in Corn and Soybean Production

February 22, 2017
Virginia’s Acreage in Farms Holds Steady for 2016
Farms occupy 8.1 million acres in the Commonwealth

February 21, 2017
Weights and Measures Inspection Protects Virginia’s Consumers and Businesses
National Weights and Measures Week March 1-7

February 21, 2017
USDA to Survey Virginia Farmers’ Planting Intentions for 2017

February 3, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces $390,000 in USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants Available for Virginia Agricultural Interests
Request for Applications Now Open, Deadline for Submission is March 13, 2017

February 1, 2017
Virginia’s Livestock Inventories
Cattle and Sheep Mostly Up, Goats Down

January

January 30, 2017
Share Some of Virginia’s Love this Valentine’s Day
Seven ways to say “I love you”

January 25, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces First Craft Brewery on Virginia’s Eastern Shore
Black Narrows Brewing Company will invest $350,000 to open new craft brewery

January 20, 2017
Virginia’s Specialty Food and Beverage Entrepreneurs to Sharpen Business and Marketing Skills

Virginia Specialty Food and Beverage Educational Conference March 6-7 in Richmond

January 19, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Economic Impact Figures of Virginia’s Wine Industry
Industry contributes almost $1.4 billion annually; economic impact grew 82 percent over five year

January 10, 2017
Got Chickens? Get Biosecurity
Backyard Flock Owners Need to Observe Strict Biosecurity to Protect Birds

January 4, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces $500,000 in Farmland Preservation Grants
Four counties, two cities receive funds to place working farmlands under permanent conservation easements

January 3, 2017
Virginia Companies Exhibiting at Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco
The Virginia Pavilion will showcase some of the Commonwealth’s tastiest treats.

2016 News Releases

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