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In 2010, VDACS formally established the Virginia Agricultural Development Officers Group (VADO) as a way to demonstrate the agency’s support for agricultural-focused economic development professionals and the localities that employ them.

Participation in VADO is open to professionals engaged in local, regional or state economic development with an interest in supporting the agriculture and forestry industries. 

Staffed by VDACS, VADO meets three times a year at locations around the state for networking and professional development. The meetings also serve as a link between local agricultural development efforts, VDACS and other economic development organizations across the Commonwealth.


  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Richmond, VA
  • Thursday, June 25, 2020 in Culpeper, VA
  • Tuesday, October 6 - Friday, October 9, 2020 in Howard and Montgomery Counties, Maryland

Stephen Versen, Manager
Office of Agriculture and Forestry Development

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