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2017 News Releases

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


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 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 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 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 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 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 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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