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2014 PRESS RELEASES

April

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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