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2013 PRESS RELEASES

December

December 19, 2013
Governor-elect McAuliffe Announces Selections of Todd Haymore for Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and Molly Ward for Secretary of Natural Resources

December 17, 2013
Virginia Program Keeps Nearly 92,000 Pounds of Plastic Pesticide Containers from Landfills

December 17, 2013
10 Reasons Santa could have been a farmer

December 13, 2013
There’s Still Time to Buy a Virginia Grown Christmas Tree
~ Sales are brisk but supply of live trees is still good ~

December 5, 2013
Two Virginians Named to Vineyard & Winery Management's "20 Most Admired People in the North American Wine Industry"
– Luca Paschina, Lucie Morton Recognized for Long-Time Work in Virginia and Beyond  –

December 5, 2013
The Numbers Tell the Story; Real Christmas Trees Are In

December 4, 2013
Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program due January 17 Popular Farm Bill Conservation Program Seeks Producer Participation

December 3, 2013
Farmers from Floyd, Cumberland County and Williamsburg Deliver Christmas Trees, Wreaths and Greenery to Virginia’s First Lady Today

~ Farmer was nine years old when he planted the tree delivered today ~

December 2, 2013
Virginia Agriculture’s Top 20

November

November 26, 2013
National Ag Statistics Service Gearing Up for 2013 Census of Aquaculture

November 21, 2013
Loan Repayment Award Provides Access to Veterinary Services in Rural Virginia

November 20, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces Opening of Virginia Agricultural Trade Office in Canada
– Initiative Aimed at Growing Exports to the Commonwealth's Second Largest Export Market –

November 19, 2013
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet December 5 in Richmond

November 18, 2013
Virginia Posts Largest Oyster Harvest Since 1987
– 2012-2013 Oyster Harvest Jumps almost 60 Percent from Previous Year –

November 14, 2013
New Virginia Christmas Tree Guide Lists Choose-And-Cut Farms and Retail Lots for Fresh Virginia Grown Trees

November 14, 2013
Preliminary Results of 2012 Census of Agriculture to Be Released February 20, 2014

November 14, 2013
With Mixed Feelings, I Say Farewell

November 8, 2013
Record Corn Yield on Track for Virginia Peanuts and Cotton Yields Down From September Forecast

November 7, 2013
Virginia Christmas Tree on Its Way Soon to Washington, DC

November 7, 2013
During His Last Weeks in Office, Commissioner of Agriculture Makes Visiting Virginia Schools a Priority

October

October 29, 2013
Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Leaving to Go to Farm Credit of the Virginias

October 25, 2013
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recognizes Extension Agents Statewide for Outstanding Service

October 22, 2013
Conservation Reserve Program Rental Payments, Direct Payments and Acre Payments

October 22, 2013
Boxwood Blight Informational Meeting

October 16, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund Planning Grant Recipients
– $60,500 Awarded to Three Projects Covering Seven Localities Developing Plans on Agritourism, a Virginia Wine Heritage Center, and Local Food Systems  –

October 16, 2013
Halloween to New Years, It’s Easier than Ever to Buy Local in Virginia

~ Expanding industries such as red crabs, oysters and hard cider add an exotic touch ~

October 10, 2013
The Year’s Second Biggest Vacation Season

~ And a great learning opportunity ~

October 10, 2013
Virginia Market News Reports Available Despite The Federal Government Shutdown

October 4, 2013
Virginia Grown Pumpkins Available Now – Big, Bright and Hefty

September

September 30, 2013
Virginia’s 2013 Small Grain Production

~Wheat production up nine percent from 2012, barley up 11 percent, oats down 53 percent ~

September 27, 2013
Dates and Collection Sites for Second Week of 2013 Pesticide Disposal Program

September 25, 2013
State Announces More Than $450,000 in Specialty Crop Grants for Virginia

September 25, 2013
Statement of Governor Bob Mcdonnell on Gianni Zonin Receiving Wine Enthusiast's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award and Eric Trump's Nomination for Wine Enthusiast's 2013 Rising Star Award

September 20, 2013
State Agricultural Officials Encourage Congressional Action on Food Safety Regulations

September 20, 2013
Virginia Apple Harvest Is Underway and the Crop Is Excellent

September 19, 2013
Employee of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Garners National Award for Exemplary State Employees

September 16, 2013
“We want to be Your Farmer for Generations to Come”

September 12, 2013
Virginia’s Soybean and Cotton Yields Down, Peanuts Up; Corn Yields Unchanged from the Previous Forecast

September 12, 2013
Fitness 1440 in Norfolk Closes; Eligible Members Must File for Refunds by November 6, 2013

September 12, 2013
First Horse in 2013 Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

September 9, 2013
Share Agriculture Resources with Your Favorite Teacher, School

September 9, 2013
Virginia Christmas tree Named Reserve Champion by the National Christmas Tree Growers’ Association

~ Rodney Richardson of Whitetop, Virginia, will present a tree to the U.S. Vice President this Christmas ~

September 9, 2013
First 2013 Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a Horse Confirmed in Virginia

September 5, 2013
Virginia Food and Beverage Expo Returns March 26, 2014
~ Online registration available for trade buyers and media ~

August

August 23, 2013
Virginia Farmer Selected As National Apple Grower of the Year

August 19, 2013
It’s Not the Hand You’re Dealt, but How You Play It That Counts

August 14, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces Sales of Virginia Wine Reach New All-Time High
– Continued Growth Push Sales Across the Half-Million Case Benchmark –

August 13, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces Major New Customer for Virginia Soybean Exports
– Agreement between Perdue Agribusiness and Jiusan Oil and Grain Industries Group Pairs Virginia with one of China's Leading Agribusiness Importers  –

August 13, 2013
Virginia Oysters to Make Debut At Hong Kong Seafood Expo

– Event could open up new export markets and new business for Virginia oyster growers  –

August 12, 2013
Virginia’s Corn Yields Expected to Be Up 42 Bushels Per Acre This Year

August 9, 2013
As Farmers’ Market Week Closes, Virginia Learns Its Markets Have Had another Growth Spurt

~ July 26 news release lists 230 markets in Virginia; August 6 report ups number to 246 markets ~

August 8, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces 60 New Jobs in Southampton County
– Hampton Farms to invest $5.5 million in new peanut butter production plant  –

August 1, 2013
Virginia’s Ginseng Harvest Season Begins September 1, 2013

July

July 26, 2013
Appointments to the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services

July 26, 2013
Celebrate Virginia Farmers’ Market Week August 4 – 10, 2013
~ Markets have grown by more than 160 percent since 2006 ~

July 19, 2013
VT Spirit Daylily Available at Local Garden Centers

July 17, 2013
Read the Pesticide Label – It’s Serious Business, and It’s the Law

July 15, 2013
Potomac Horse Fever Alert

July 11, 2013
Virginia’s Wheat Yield
Unchanged From June

July 10, 2013
If You Want to Prepare Your Children for Life, Try 4-H

July 10, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces Application Period Opening for Planning Grants from Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund
– $250,000 Available to Encourage Local Planning Efforts Supporting Further Job Creation, Economic Development in Agriculture and Forestry –

July 10, 2013
Dates and Collection Sites Announced for 2013 Pesticide Disposal Program

July 2, 2013
Governor McDonnell Congratulates Virginia's Finest Companies on Awards at Annual Fancy Foods Show

– Out of More Than 260,000 Featured Products, Virginia Chutney Company Wins Top Overall Condiment; Feast! Named One of the Nation's Best Retailers –

July 1, 2013
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet July 29 in Lexington

July 1, 2013
Soybean, Tobacco and Wheat Acreages Up

June

June 27, 2013
Governor and First Lady McDonnell Unveil '1813' Commemorative Bicentennial-Themed Wine
– Commonwealth Grape Growers, Winemakers Unite to Celebrate Nation's Oldest Continually Occupied Governor's Mansion, Promote Virginia's Thriving Wine Industry –

June 26, 2013
Governor McDonnell Welcomes New Seafood Industry Expansion to Commonwealth
– Virginia-based L.D. Armory Co., Graham & Rollins Inc. Partnering with Massachusetts' Atlantic Red Crab Company to Bring Atlantic Deep Sea Red Crabs to Commonwealth –

June 24, 2013
The Greatest Risk on the 4th of July

June 20, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces Opening of Virginia Agricultural Trade Office in Europe
– Initiative Aimed at Growing Exports to One of World's Largest Economic Regions –
Virginia Believed to Be Only U.S. State with Dedicated Ag Trade Representative in Europe

June 18, 2013
Ice Cream Saves The Family Farm  . . . . And Other Little Known Facts to Celebrate Virginia Ice Cream Month

June 15, 2013
Unusual Things You Can Find On Virginia Farms This Summer

June 13, 2013
Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Becomes President of Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture

June 12, 2013
Virginia’s Wheat Forecast Up Three Percent From May

June 7, 2013
State Officials Warn Consumers of Possible Contamination of Frozen Berry Blends
~ Certain Lots of Berry Products May be Contaminated with Hepatitis A Virus ~

June 4, 2013
Advice for Those of Us Who Spend Father’s Day at the Grill, Start with Fresh, Local Products

June 3, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces Major New Chinese Purchase of 2013 Crop Soybeans from Perdue AgriBusiness
~ Agreement with Dandong Port Group Builds on Previous Accords Which Have Resulted in Several Hundred Million Dollars in New Exports ~

June 3, 2013
Gypsy Moth Aerial Treatments, Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties
~ Bland, Patrick, Russell, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Grayson to be treated week of June 17 ~

May

May 30, 2013
Delight Dad on Father’s Day with Some Great Grilling Favorites

~ Commissioner of Agriculture says his secret to great grilling is starting with local products ~

May 24, 2013
Virginia National Guard Delivers Pet Sheltering Supplies

~ Part of disaster exercise that test state’s readiness ~

May 20, 2013
Governor McDonnell Salutes Virginia’s Official State Beverage with June Dairy Month Proclamation

~ In 2012, Virginia’s dairy farms produced more than 198 million gallons of milk ~

May 17, 2013
June 17 Deadline to Apply for Loans Related to 2012 Drought, Heat and High Winds

May 17, 2013
The Amazing Rise of Creative New Agribusiness Ventures

May 15, 2013
It’s Egg Month
~ Virginia Farmers Produce 696 Million Eggs a Year ~

May 13, 2013
Beginning Beekeepers' Workshop May 28 and June 1

May 10, 2013
Virginia’s Wheat Producers Expect Larger Crop

May 10, 2013
Virginia Hosts Pavilion at Summer Fancy Food Show in New York

May 9, 2013
Official Start of the Farmers’ Market Season
~ Spend $10 a Week on Virginia Grown products for a chance to win a Virginia Grown/Virginia’s Finest Gift Basket Valued at $250 ~

May 8, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund Planning Grant Recipients
~$249,000 Awarded to Eleven Projects Covering Thirty-one Localities to Strengthen Local, Regional Agribusiness Planning and Development~
Initiative Part of Governor McDonnell’s Jobs-Creation and Economic Development Agenda During 2012 General Assembly Session

May 8, 2013
Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet May 23, 2013

May 6, 2013
Final Call for 2012 Census of Agriculture
– Deadline Extended to May 31, 2013 –

May 2, 2013
Value-Added Producer Grants Support Local Farmers

April

April 30, 2013
Buy Mom Something Extra Special for Mother’s Day, Something from Right Here in Virginia

April 30, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces Continued Investment by Sabra Dipping Company in Chesterfield County
– Sabra Dipping Company to create 140 new jobs with completion of expansion in 2014 –

April 24, 2013
Governor Announces New Soybean Export Deal Between Montague Farms and Japanese Importer
– Agreement Stems From Governor's 2011 Trade Mission to Asia and Initiatives to Grow Agricultural Exports  –
Specialty Food Grade Soybeans Will Become Natto, a Traditional Japanese Breakfast

April 23, 2013
Governor McDonnell Officially Opens Virginia Agricultural Trade Office in Shanghai
– Initiative Aimed at Growing Shipments to the Commonwealth's Largest Agricultural Export Customer, One of World's Fastest Growing Economies –
Virginia Only Second State to Have Dedicated Agricultural Trade Representative in China

April 19, 2013
Be wary of and report fraudulent charitable solicitations following the Boston Marathon tragedy

April 17, 2013
Horse Owners Urged to Consider Vaccinating for West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Rabies

April 16, 2013
Things You May Not Know about Virginia’s Agricultural Exports

April 10, 2013
April is Invasive Plant, Pest and Disease Awareness Month

April 10, 2013
Conference Call for Small Tax-Exempt Charities on April 23, 2013

~ Focus of Call is Automatic Revocation of Federal Tax-exempt Status ~

April 8, 2013
Curves of Tysons Corner, In Vienna, Closes; Eligible Members Must File For Refunds by June 15, 2013

March

March 28, 2013
Soybean, Cotton and Peanuts Acreage Down From 2012 Corn and Wheat Acreage Up

March 26, 2013
It’s Easier than Ever to Buy Local for Spring Dinners and Celebrations

March 20, 2013
State Veterinarian Urges Horse Owners to Observe Strict Biosecurity in Light of Equine Herpesvirus Outbreaks in Several States

March 14, 2013
Peanut Butter Donation to Federation of Virginia Food Banks Celebrates National Peanut Month

March 14, 2013
Specialty Crop Grants: Request for Applications

March 14, 2013
My Top 10 List of Misconceptions about Agriculture

March 12, 2013
Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet, Hold Public Hearing on Ginseng Harvest March 28

March 11, 2013
How to Celebrate Virginia Agriculture Week: Eat. Drink. Be Merry. Read.
~ Virginia Agriculture Week/Agriculture Literacy Week is March 17 – 23, 2013 ~

March 7, 2013
Virginia Agricultural Exports Reach All-Time High in 2012
– Value Exceeds $2.6 Billion; Up Almost 12% Over 2011's Previous Record –

March 7, 2013
How’s Your Agriculture Literacy?
~ Governor McDonnell Declares March 17 – 23, 2013 As Virginia Agriculture Week And Virginia Agriculture Literacy Week ~

March 6, 2013
Farmers, Keep Yourselves and Your Farms Safe during and after Winter Snow Storm

March 6, 2013
When Winter Storm Passes, Take Precautions to Keep Your Food Safe

March 4, 2013
St. Patrick’s Day, One of America’s Great Food Days
~ See vdacs.virginia.gov/news/festival.shtml for St. Patrick’s Day food festivals ~

February

February 26, 2013
Number of Farms in Virginia Decreases Slightly From 2011

February 22, 2013
Learning from its Legacy - New Magazine Features Virginia’s Farms, Farmers and History

February 21, 2013
World Organization for Animal Health Recommends United States’ BSE Risk Status be Upgraded

February 14, 2013
Technology on the Farm Now Fits in the Palm of Your Hand

February 14, 2013
Governor McDonnell to Co-Host 5th Annual Conference on Agricultural Trade March 7-8 in Richmond
– Governor to Announce 2012 Virginia Agricultural Export Figures

February 6 , 2013
Time to Apply For Farm-to-School Grants
– National Program Continues to Increase Local Foods in Schools and Provides New Economic Opportunities for Producers of All Kinds –

February 5, 2013
Virginia’s Cattle and Calf Inventory up Eight Percent From 2012; Sheep and Lambs up Four Percent

February 1, 2013
Annual Cotton Meeting February 19 in Franklin

January

January 31, 2013
There’s a Festival for That

January 29, 2013
Game Plan for a Safe Super Bowl

January 16, 2013
State Encourages Food Industry to Comment on FDA’s Proposed Food Safety Regulations

January 14, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces Sales of Virginia Wine Reach New All-Time High
– Exports of Virginia Wines More than Triple –

January 14, 2013
Virginia adopts strategy to address potential water quality concerns

January 14, 2013
Virginia Crop Summary For 2012

~ Soybeans, Peanuts and Cotton All Post Record High Yields ~

January 14, 2013
New Equine Permit Allows Horse Owners to Move Animals Throughout Southeast United States for Six Months

January 10, 2013
Local Food Lovers Should Sign Up Now For a CSA to Ensure a 2013 Subscription

January 9, 2013
What Are You Doing to Protect Your Family Farm?

~ You might begin by taking a deep look into your children’s eyes ~

January 4, 2013
Virginia Companies Exhibiting at Fancy Food Show in San Francisco

January 3, 2013
New USDA Regulation Enhances Nation's Ability to Trace U.S. Livestock Moving Across State Lines

~ Regulation is a key component of identifying and preventing spread of animal diseases in the U.S. ~

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