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2015 PRESS RELEASES

March

March 26, 2015
Steps to Avoid the Introduction and Spread of Invasive Species

~ April is Invasive Plant, Pest and Disease Awareness Month ~

March 25, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Wine Grape Harvest Increases 17%
~Commonwealth Sees Second Largest Wine Grape Harvest on New Plantings, Solid 2014 Growing Season~

March 18, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Expansion of Specialty Potato Chip Production Facility in Shenandoah County

March 12, 2015
Virginia Needs to Observe Strict Biosecurity in Light of Avian Influenza Outbreaks Elsewhere

~ No cases in Virginia, but state urges precautions ~

March 11, 2015
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet, Hold Public Hearing on March 19 in Richmond

March 9, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Exports Reach New All-Time High

March 5, 2015
Thank a Farmer during Agriculture Week March 15 - 21

March 4, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Malting Facility, Craft Distillery in City of Petersburg
~ Big Trouble Malting and Spirits to Revitalize Historic Downtown Site, Source 100% Virginia-Grown Products ~

March 3, 2015
USDA Surveying Farmers' Planting Intentions for 2015

March 2, 2015
State Veterinarian Encourages Livestock Show Managers and Exhibitors to Practice Biosecurity

March 2, 2015
USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield History for ARC/PLC Programs

March 2, 2015
Virginia Peanut Yield Sets National Record in 2014
VDACS applauds state’s peanut growers; encourages Virginians to celebrate National Peanut Month in March.

February

February 26, 2015
Virginia Receives Federal Grant to Advance Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
~Funds will go toward agricultural best practices~

February 25, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Agriculture, Forestry Planning Grants for Orange County, City of Richmond

February 24, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Muse Vineyards’ 2009 Clio Awarded 2015 Virginia Wine Governor’s Cup

~Woodstock-based Muse’s Bordeaux-styled Red Blend Scores Best Amongst Almost 400 Entries from 94 Wineries~

February 23, 2015
Agriculture Mediation Services Available for Farm-Related Disputes

USDA-certified FARM-VA program offers free or low-cost resources and mediation services.

February 19, 2015
USDA Announces $9 Million to Support Community Food Projects Program

February 18, 2015
Subscription Programs Deliver Farm-Fresh, Virginia Grown Products
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are now enrolling customers for the 2015 season.

February 18, 2015
Two Virginia Counties – Bath and Highland – Receive Primary Disaster Declarations for Drought In 2014
~ Alleghany, Augusta and Rockbridge counties receive designation as contiguous disaster areas ~

February 17, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Congratulates Luca Paschina on Presentation of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic

~ One of Italy’s Highest Civilian Honors Bestowed Upon Long-time Barboursville Vineyards General Manager, Winemaker ~

February 13, 2015
Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) Confirmed in an Additional Virginia Horse

February 12, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces $565,000 in USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants Available for Virginia Agricultural Interests

February 10, 2015
USDA Announces Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

REAP Program Reduces Energy Costs for Ag Producers and Small Businesses, Boosts Economy, Reduces Dependence on Foreign Oil

February 7, 2015
Virginia Vineyards Association Names Fernando Franco Grower of the Year

February 6, 2015
Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) Confirmed in a Virginia Horse

February 6, 2015
USDA Announces Over $9 Million to Support Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers
Grants Will Help Diversify American Agriculture

February 6, 2015
Governor McAuliffe to Co-Host 7th Annual Conference on Agricultural Trade March 9-10 in Richmond
~Participants Include U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, USTR Chief Agricultural Negotiator Darci Vetter, Ambassadors from Canada, Cuba, Indonesia~

January

January 30, 2015
Just How Big is Agriculture in Virginia? - Really Big

January 29, 2015
Ingredients for the Perfect Valentine's Day are Found in Virginia

January 26, 2015
Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Expanded Market Access for U.S. Grown Apples to China

January 26, 2015
USDA Creates More Bird Habitat Opportunities on Irrigated Farmland

January 22, 2015
Virginia Program Keeps More Than 128,000 Pounds of Plastic Pesticide Containers From Landfills
~ 2014 Program Increased Collections by 40 Percent ~

January 21, 2015
Registration Open for Upcoming VDACS Marketing Conferences
March programs will benefit Virginia food and beverage producers, farm-to-school professionals and more.

January 14, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces $200,000 in Building Collaborative Communities Funding
~Grants encourage regional economic collaboration~

January 12, 2015
USDA Announces More Than $18 Million to Support Training and Development for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
Funds Will Build a Diverse Future Generation for American Agriculture

January 12, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces More Than $1.5 Million in Farmland Preservation Grants to Six Localities
~ Five Counties, One City Receive Funds to Place Working Farmlands under Permanent Conservation Easements ~

January 6, 2015
USDA Observes Kick Off of the International Year of Soils

January 6, 2015
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

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