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2014 PRESS RELEASES

November

November 25, 2014
Henry’s Farm Inc. Recalls Soybean Sprouts Due to Possible Health Risk

Recalled product primarily distributed to Asian specialty grocery stores in Virginia and Maryland.

November 25, 2014
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet December 11 in Richmond

November 21, 2014
First Mid-Atlantic Commercial Hops Processing Operation
~Loudoun County’s Black Hops Farm To Become Largest Hopsyard and Processing Facility in Commonwealth~

November 20, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Establishing Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide

November 18, 2014
Deck the Halls with Real, Virginia Grown Trees this Holiday Season

Governor McAuliffe recognizes December as Virginia Christmas Tree Month.

November 13, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces Third Annual CiderWeekVA
~ Tastings, Celebrations, Workshops Promote Artisanal Virginia Ciders November 14 - 23, 2014 ~

November 12, 2014
Virginia Crop Production Report
November forecast shows peanut, cotton and soybean production up from 2013, corn down.

November 3, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces November as Virginia Oyster Month
Virginia is the Leading East Coast Seafood Producer, Third Largest in the Nation

October

October 30, 2014
USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadlines
Enrollment Continues Through Dec. 5; Comments Accepted Until Dec. 15

October 28, 2014
Virginia Celebrates Farm-To-School Week, November 10-14
Program builds connections between schools, students and agricultural producers throughout the Commonwealth.

October 21, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Biotech Agricultural Export Deal to China
~Richmond-based Agrivita Biogroup Developing Sales of Feed Additives for Dairy, Swine Industries; Business Furthers Virginia's Position in Fast Growing Ag-Bio Sector~

October 15, 2014
Virginia Crop Production Report
Soybean, cotton and peanut production expected to be up from 2013.

October 9, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces Stone Brewing Co. to Establish Operation in the City of Richmond

~ Company to invest $74 million and create more than 288 new jobs ~

October 7, 2014
October is Virginia Pumpkin Month

Pumpkin growers report an abundant crop, ready for carving and cooking.

October 6, 2014
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recognizes Extension Agents Statewide for Outstanding Service

October 3, 2014
Number of Turkeys Raised in Virginia Up from 2013

October 2, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Specialty Crop Grants for Virginia
~16 Projects Receive More Than $560,000 in USDA Funding; Grants Benefit Crops Including Apples, Grapes, Chestnuts, Christmas Trees, More~

October 2, 2014
Governor Proclaims October as “Fall is for Planting Month”

Planting trees and shrubs promotes a healthy environment, reduces storm water runoff and supports the state’s greenhouse industry.

October 1, 2014
Virginia’s 2014 Small Grain Production
Wheat production down slightly from 2013, barley down 39 percent, oats up 67 percent.

September

September 29, 2014
Governor McAuliffe, First Lady Join Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to Announce Virginia Receives Nearly $1.2 Million in Funding to Strengthen Local Food Economies
~18 local and regional projects receive $1,178,409 to support agriculture economy and access to healthy foods ~

September 26, 2014
First Virginia Horse in 2014 Tests Positive for West Nile Virus
Horse had not been vaccinated for disease.

September 18, 2014
First Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a Horse for 2014

September 16, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces 75 New Jobs in the City of Richmond

~Leading Online Grocer Relay Foods to Invest $710,000, Increase Sales of Virginia-Sourced Agricultural Products by $3 Million Over Next Three Years~

September 12, 2014
Virginia's Ginseng Harvest Season Runs September 1 to December 31, 2014

September 11, 2014
Virginia Crop Production Report

~ Corn down, soybeans no change, cotton up, peanuts on track for a record yield ~

September 10, 2014
It’s Apple Season in Virginia

Growers report a good crop as state’s 2014 apple harvest gets underway.

September 9, 2014
It's Food Safety Month
Although high-profile news stories on foodborne illness outbreaks usually focus on restaurants or nationwide food recalls, between 60 and 70 percent of foodborne illnesses occur at home

September 9, 2014
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 8, 2014
USDA Provides $328 Million to Conserve Wetlands and Farmland, Boost Economy

Farm Bill program will benefit wildlife and outdoor recreation activity in California Bay Delta Region, Mississippi, Red River Basins and others

September 4, 2014
Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association Announce 2014 Grand Champion Growers

Claybrooke Christmas Tree Farm of Louisa will provide this year’s official Governor’s Mansion Christmas tree.

August

August 28, 2014
Buy Your Firewood Locally to Avoid the Spread of Emerald Ash Borer and Make Sure You Get What You Pay for When Buying It

August 28, 2014
Virginia Farm Real Estate Value and Land Rent
~ Land and building values increased by $10 an acre from 2013 ~

August 25, 2014
Governor Declares First-Ever Honey Month in Virginia

August 25, 2014
Go Back to School with Food Safety in Mind
Minimize risk of foodborne illness with a quick refresher in packing safe school lunches.

August 25, 2014
Governor McAuliffe and State Leaders Tout New Agricultural Resource Management Plan

August 22, 2014
Public Meetings Scheduled to Discuss Charitable Gaming in Virginia

August 22, 2014
Haulers of Waste Kitchen Grease Required to Display Decal Identifying Them as Such

August 20, 2014
Virginia Food Safety Officials Warn Consumers Not to Eat Canned Soups and Sauces by Corfinio Foods Due to Possible Health Risk

August 19, 2014
Emerald Ash Borer Found in More Virginia Counties

~ Buying local firewood could help contain the spread and protect Virginia’s ash trees ~

August 19, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces Creation of Virginia Oyster Trail
Proclaims November as Virginia Oyster Month, Recognizes Virginia as “Oyster Capital of the East Coast”

August 18, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces 25 New Jobs in Grayson County - Independence Lumber to Invest
Independence Lumber to Invest More Than $5 Million to Rebuild, Expand Sawmill; Retain 57 Employees

August 13, 2014
Virginia’s Corn Producers Expect Lower Yields in 2014
~ Soybean, cotton and peanut yields up ~

August 1, 2014
Virginia Food Safety Officials Warn Consumers Not to Eat Any Soup Products by Souperb Due to Possible Health Risk

August 1, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Taps Richmond Chef Lee Gregory to Represent Virginia at Great American Seafood Cook-off

Roosevelt Chef to Compete in Seafood Competition in New Orleans August 2.

July

July 29, 2014
USDA Announces Grants to Help Veterans and Minority Farmers Get Started in Agriculture

Partnerships continue USDA efforts supporting new farmers and build greater diversity in American agriculture.

July 29, 2014
Governor Proclaims August 3-9 as Farmers' Market Week in Virginia

Support local farmers and celebrate the bounty of Virginia agriculture at markets across the state.

July 28, 2014
Secretary Haymore Unveils Southern Virginia Wine Region Road Signs

Sign Program Promotes Virginia’s Burgeoning Wine Industry, Diverse Wine Regions and American Viticultural Areas.

July 23, 2014
Survey Results Confirm Continued Honey Bee Colony Loss in the Commonwealth

VDACS encourages Virginians to help attract, protect and increase the state’s pollinators.

July 21, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Oyster Harvests Continue to Climb

July 16, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Agricultural Exports to United Kingdom and European Union

July 14, 2014
Virginia's Wheat Yield Up from June

July 7, 2014
Do Your Part to Protect Pollinators

~ Read and follow the pesticide label – it’s serious business, and it’s the law. ~

July 3, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces “High Performance Bonus” for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program for the Third Consecutive Year

July 2, 2014
Dates and Collection Sites Announced for 2014 Pesticide Disposal Program

July 1, 2014
Stay Safe This Fourth of July Weekend

~ Fireworks aren’t the only concern; food safety is important, too ~

July 1, 2014
Summer Brings Fresh, Virginia Peaches
~ Growers anticipate this year’s Virginia Grown peach crop to be sweet and abundant ~

June

June 30, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces 25 New Jobs in the City of Charlottesville
Leading Online Grocer Relay Foods to Invest $735,000, Increase Sales of Virginia-Sourced Agricultural Products by $3 Million Over Next Three Years

June 20, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces 98 New Jobs in Augusta County

June 20, 2014
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’s Virginia Pavilion ~

June 19, 2014
Hurricane Season Began June 1; Make Preparations Now To Care For Pets Before Or During A Storm

June 18, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces 2,000 new jobs in Chesterfield County

June 16, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces First Shipment of Poultry Exports to China from Virginia in Seven Years

June 13, 2014
Celebrate Dairy Month at the Children’s Museum of Richmond June 21, 2014

June 13, 2014
Gypsy Moth Aerial Treatments Begin June 16-17 in Bland, Carroll, Floyd, Patrick and Wythe Counties

June 12, 2014
Virginia’s Wheat Forecast Up from May

June 7, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments

June 6, 2014
Program Allows Farmers to Conserve Sensitive Land and Help New, Minority and Military Veteran Farmers Get Their Start in Agriculture

June 5, 2014
Lessons for Horse Owners and Stable Managers from Recent Case of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) In Virginia

June 2, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Salutes Virginia’s Official State Beverage with June Dairy Month Proclamation
~ Celebrate Dairy Month by the numbers ~

May

May 30, 2014
USDA to Survey Farmers about 2014 Crops
~ State urges farmers to participate ~

May 29, 2014
Gypsy Moth Aerial Treatments Begin June 2 in Cities of Suffolk and Chesapeake
~ Augusta, Bland, Carroll, Floyd, Patrick, Rockbridge and Wythe counties to be treated week of June 16 ~

May 21, 2014
Retail Farmers’ Markets Newsletter Reports On Products and Prices at Local Markets Statewide

May 19, 2014
Pledge to Spend At Least $10 A Week at Local Farmers’ Markets and Support Virginia’s Economy

May 14, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Awards Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund Planning Grants to Communities in Central and Southern Virginia

May 12, 2014
Virginia’s Wheat Producers Expect Smaller Crop; Hay Is up Fifteen Percent

May 9, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments
Crafton Wilkes selected as Administrator of the State Milk Commission

May 6, 2014
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet May 15 in Richmond

May 6, 2014
Virginia Strawberry Season off to a Sweet Start
May brings local strawberries to pick-your-own patches, farmers’ markets and food festivals across the state.

May 5, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces Resumption of Virginia Poultry Exports to China

May 5, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Proclaims May as “Beef Month” in Virginia
Proclamation recognizes one of the Commonwealth’s most significant agricultural industries.

May 5, 2014
2012 Census Profiles Virginia Farmers and Agriculture
Market Value of Products Sold Up 29 Percent from 2007 Census

April

April 29, 2014
Virginia Wine Board Awards Research Grants to Produce Top Quality Grapes and Craft Award-Winning Wines

April 23, 2014
It Makes Sense to Vaccinate Most Horses Now
~State Veterinarian’s Office Urges Horse Owners to Check with Their Veterinarians Now  Regarding Vaccination Schedule ~

April 16, 2014
Farmers’ Markets Offer Fresh, Virginia Grown Products
Virginians anticipate the availability of fresh-from-the-farm food at more than 240 Virginia farmers’ markets.

April 14, 2014
No New Cases of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in Virginia

~ State Veterinarian commends farm in Fauquier County for quick action that led to early detection and may have prevented spreading the disease ~

April 11, 2014
Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) Confirmed in a Virginia Horse

April 10, 2014
Gardeners Can Take Simple Actions to Avoid the Spread of Invasive Species

April 9, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces 70 New Jobs in City of Hopewell

~ Vireol Bio Energy LLC to Invest $26.2 Million, Purchase More than 21.7 Million Bushels of Virginia Grains Over Next Three Years ~

April 8, 2014
State Veterinarian Encourages Livestock Show Managers and Exhibitors to Observe Strict Biosecurity

~ First case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) just reported in Virginia ~

April 3, 2014
Opportunities to Find Fresh, Local Foods Grow With the Arrival of Spring
~Look for Virginia Grown products in stores, farmers’ markets and food festivals across the state~

March

March 31, 2014
Corn and Winter Wheat Acreage Down from 2013; Soybean Unchanged; Cotton and Peanuts Up

March 26, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces 25th Anniversary of Virginia’s Finest®
~Long-Standing, Well-Known Program Identifies Highest Quality Virginia Agriculture and Specialty Food, Beverage Products~

March 26, 2014
Food And Beverage Expo Showcases Products from 140 Virginia Companies
~ Entrepreneurs from Virginia Beach and Virginia’s Northern Neck win Best New Product competition ~

March 21, 2014
Things You Can Learn About Agriculture in a First Grade Classroom

March 19, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces 40 New Jobs in Nottoway County

March 17, 2014
Two Things Every Virginian Should Know

March 17, 2014
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet March 27 in Richmond
~ Note change of meeting location from the State Capitol to the Pocahontas Building ~

March 11, 2014
Virginia Food and Beverage Expo Showcases the State’s Tastiest Treats
~Tradeshow connects buyers with Virginia food and beverage products on March 26 in Richmond~

March 10, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces First AFID Award to Promote Economic Development, Increase Agricultural Exports
Enables Montague Farms to Access High-Value Sprouting Soybean Markets in Asia

March 6, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Exports Reach New Record High
~ Products Shipped from Commonwealth Surpass $2.85 Billion in 2013, Up Over Eight Percent from 2012 ~

March 5, 2014
Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Selects State Veterinarian Richard Wilkes, D.V.M., As Distinguished Veterinarian of the Year

February

February 27, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces Williamsburg Winery’s 2010 Adagio Awarded 2014 Governor’s Cup

February 24, 2014
Roos Foods Voluntarily Recalls Variety of Cheeses Due to Possible Health Risk

February 24, 2014
USDA 2012 Census: Market Value of Production on Virginia Farms Up Almost $1 Billion
~Virginia Farm Land Increases, Up to 8.3 Million Acres~

February 21, 2014
Virginia Officials Warn Consumers Not to Eat Cheeses Made by Roos Foods Due to Possible Health Risk
Spanish Language Version: Los Funcionarios De Virginia Advierten A Los Consumidores Que No Coman Quesos Elaborados Por Roos Foods Debido A Un Posible Riesgo A La Salud

February 18, 2014
Governor's Conference on Agricultural Trade set for March 6-7 in Richmond, Virginia

February 15, 2014
Listeria Found in Cheese in Northern Virginia
Listeria - Spanish Language Version: Queso contaminado con listeria fue vendido en Virginia

February 11, 2014
Farmers Should Prepare Farms Now For Upcoming Winter Storm

February 10, 2014
Virginia's Winter Food Festivals Offer Local Flavors and Fun

February 6, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces Nearly $600,000 in USDA Specialty Crop Grants Available for Virginia Agricultural Interests

February 6, 2014
Virginia Tech Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results (VALOR) Program Invites Applications for Second Class of Fellows

February 5, 2014
Governor McAuliffe to Co-Host 6th Annual Conference on Agricultural Trade

February 3, 2014
Virginia’s Cattle and Calf Inventory Down Five Percent from January 1, 2013; Sheep and Meat Goat Inventories Also Down

January

January 31, 2014
Virginia Vineyards Association Names Jeff White Grower of the Year

January 30, 2014
2014 Virginia Agriculture Magazine Focuses on State’s Diverse Industry
~Comprehensive guide promotes agriculture to consumers, businesses and political leaders~

January 29, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces First Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund Planning Grants of Administration
~ Awards Support Strategic Expansion Effort in Essex, Further Growth Opportunity in Loudoun for Virginia’s Burgeoning Wine Industry ~

January 27, 2014
Delight Your Valentine with Virginia’s Finest

January 23, 2014
Program Removes More Than 47,000 Pounds of Unwanted Pesticides from Southside Virginia

~ 2014 disposal program will target Southeast and Central Virginia ~

January 21, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces More Than $1 Million in Farmland Preservation Grants
~Eight Localities Receive Funds to Place Working Farmlands Under Permanent Conservation Easements~

January 21, 2014
Game Plan for a Safe Super Bowl

January 16, 2014
Grab Your Hat and Jump in the Car - Virginia's 2014 Food Festival Season Begins this Weekend

January 13, 2014
Consumers Should Sign Up Now for a CSA to Ensure a 2014 Subscription

January 10, 2014
Corn Yield Up from 2012, Could be a Record-Setting Yield; Soybean, Peanut and Cotton Yields Down; Winter Wheat Seedings No Change from 2013

January 8, 2014

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~

January 7, 2014
USDA Surveys on-Farm Irrigation Practices

~ Responses due February 10, 2014 ~

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