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2015 PRESS RELEASES

July

July 31, 2015
USDA Announces Available Funding for Farm Bill Broadband Loan Program
~ Deadline for comments on minimum level of broadband service is September 28, 2015; deadline for applications is September 30 ~

July 29, 2015
Governor Proclaims August as Peach Month in Virginia
~ In 2014, Virginia farmers produced 5,300 tons of peaches ~

July 27, 2015
Governor Proclaims August 2 8 as Farmers’ Market Week in Virginia

July 22, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Major Expansion of Poultry Processing Facility in Rockingham County
~ Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative, Inc. to Invest Almost $62 million to Expand Operations, Increase Virginia-Grown Purchases ~

July 20, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces 56 New Jobs in Goochland County
~Hardywood Park Craft Brewery to Invest $28 Million to Expand Brewery Operation, Increase Local Agricultural Sourcing Commitment~

July 13, 2015
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet July 20 on the Eastern Shore

July 8, 2015
Tips for Poultry Owners Who Show Birds at Events, Exhibits and Sales

July 7, 2015
First Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a Horse for 2015

July 2, 2015
Virginia Corn Stocks Down From 2014; Grain Stocks Up

July 1, 2015
Virginia Soybean and Peanut Acres Increase

July 1, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Craft Distillery in Newport News

June

June 29, 2015
July is Grilling Month
~ Food safety tips when grilling ~

June 22, 2015
Good Seed Inc. Recalls Soybean Sprouts & Mung Bean Sprouts Due to Possible Health Risk

June 19, 2015
USDA Report Indicates Biosecurity is Critical in Preventing Spread of Avian Influenza

June 17, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Planning Grants in Rappahannock County and Shenandoah Valley

June 16, 2015
Virginia Companies Exhibiting at Fancy Food Show in New York

June 10, 2015
Virginia Winter Wheat Production Forecast Down 13 Percent from 2014

June 10, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Planning Grants in Halifax and Botetourt County

~Two Projects Receive State Grants to Support Agricultural Development in Localities~

June 5, 2015
Gypsy Moth Aerial Treatments Begin June 15 In Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Grayson, Russell, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wythe Counties

June 4, 2015
Gypsy Moth Aerial Treatments Begin June 8 in Halifax and Mecklenburg Counties

June 3, 2015
Virginia Egg Production Up in 2014

May

May 30, 2015
Hurricane Season Officially Begins June 1; Make Preparations Now to Care For Pets Before or During a Storm

May 27, 2015
USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Socially-Disadvantaged Producers

May 21, 2015
Loan Repayment Award Available to Veterinary Students Who Serve in Under Served Rural Areas after Graduation
~ Application deadline is June 22, 2015 ~

May 21, 2015
June is Great Outdoors Month
~ Visit a farm and enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and a myriad of activities ~.

May 18, 2015
Find Fresh-From-The-Farm Favorites at Local Farmers’ Markets
Take the pledge to spend at least $10 a week at Virginia farmers’ markets.

May 14, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Completion of Spring 2015 Research Collaborations with NASA Langley Research Center
~ NASA DEVELOP Projects Support Virginia’s Agriculture Sector  ~

May 13, 2015
Virginia 2015 Wheat Forecast and May Hay Stocks

~ Farmers expect a wheat yield of 71.0 bushels per acre, up three bushels from 2014 ~

May 13, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Craft Distillery in Culpeper County
~ Old House Distillery to Open Region’s First Joint Winery-Distillery Operation, Sourcing More Than 80% Virginia-Grown Products ~

May 11, 2015
Report Shows Tremendous Demand for Recent College Graduates with Degrees in Agricultural Programs

May 11, 2015
Agriculture and Forestry Secretary Todd Haymore to Make Important Economic Development Announcement

May 8, 2015
Good Seed Inc. Recalls Soybean Sprouts and Mung Bean Sprouts Due To Possible Health Risk

May 8, 2015
USDA Announces $30 Million Available for Food Entrepreneurs and Agricultural Producers to Develop New Products

May 7, 2015
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet May 21 in Richmond

May 7, 2015
It Makes Sense To Vaccinate Most Horses Now

~ State Veterinarian’s Office Urges Horse Owners to Check with Their Veterinarians Now  Regarding Vaccination Schedule ~

May 7, 2015
USDA/NASS Seeks Input from Growers About 2015 Crop, Stocks, Inventories, Values

May 5, 2015
Virginia Strawberry Growers Anticipate a Strong Season

May 5, 2015
SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center to Open Saturday in Lee County

May 4, 2015
Virginia Producers Invited To Explore Export Opportunities at June Events
Meetings are designed to identify new markets for Virginia agricultural, food and forest products.

April

April 30, 2015
Low-Interest Recovery Loans Available to Help Southwest Virginia Residents Affected By Winter Storms and Flooding

April 30, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Farmstead Cheese Production and Processing Facility in Albemarle County

~ Twenty Paces to Create Jobs, Introduce Apprenticeship Program and Support Next Generation of Farmers in County ~

April 30, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Specialty Poultry Production, Processing Facility to Locate in Albemarle County
~ Kelly Turkeys USA, LLC to Invest $1.4 Million to Build Operations, Create More than 30 Jobs ~

April 28, 2015
Media Advisory: Economic Development Announcements

April 27, 2015
Virginia Agricultural Council Funds Research Projects Totaling Nearly $315,000

April 24, 2015
Virginia Has Been Preparing Its Response to Avian Influenza Since 2002
~ No current cases in Virginia, but state urges precautions as nationwide outbreak spreads ~

April 23, 2015
Virginia Deadline to Apply for SBA Working Capital Disaster Loans is May 26

April 21, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces 160 New Jobs in Shenandoah County

~ Andros Foods North America to invest $73 million to expand fruit processing operation ~

April 16, 2015
Farmers May Need to Take Action by June 1 to Remain Eligible for Crop Insurance Premium Support

April 14, 2015
USDA Announces 2015 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials

April 10, 2015
USDA Grant to Benefit 11 Virginia Farmers’ Markets
Award kicks off farmers’ market season and helps increase access to fresh, nutritious foods for all Virginians.

April 9, 2015
Sabra Dipping Company Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Select SKUs of Its Classic Hummus

April 8, 2015
Virginia Grain Stocks

April 3, 2015
Henry’s Farm Inc. Recalls Soybean Sprouts Due to Possible Health Risk

April 3, 2015
Virginia Farmers Intend to Plant More Peanuts and Oats in 2015

April 1, 2015
Keep Virginia Green and Growing this Spring
Planting Virginia Grown plants promotes a healthy environment, reduces storm water runoff and supports the state’s greenhouse industry.

March

March 30, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Expansion of Organic Herb Growing Facility in Rockingham County
~Shenandoah Growers, Inc. to Invest $8.7 Million to Expand Operations, Create Jobs, Relocate Headquarters, Grow Sales~

March 30, 2015
Biosecurity is for the Birds

March 30, 2015
VDACS Launches Online Directory of Bingo Games

Directory lists the times and locations of permitted bingo games in the Commonwealth.

March 27, 2015
USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

Farmers Have Until April 7 to Update Yields, Reallocate Base Acres, and Make Final Selections

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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