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Governor’s News Releases

Releases on Virginia agriculture and agribusiness development from the Governor's Newsroom.


January 14, 2022
Governor Northam Announces $1.2 Million for Specialty Crop Projects
Grants support 19 projects to advance specialty crop production, promote economic development

January 11, 2022
Governor Northam Announces New Jobs, Investment in Floyd County
Artisan furniture manufacturer expands production, opens storefront in historic heart of the Town of Floyd


December 20, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Grants Supporting Local Food Systems
Agriculture and Forestry Program partners with local governments to build new food and farming infrastructure

December 8, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Wood Products Company in Patrick County
Flooring manufacturer to invest $9.3 million and purchase more than $18 million of Virginia forest products

December 2, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Poultry Processor to Establish First East Coast Operation in Winchester
TFC Poultry to invest $31.5 million, create 111 new jobs

October 15, 2021
Governor Northam Toasts Rising Sales in Virginia’s Wine Industry
Sales grew 7.4% last year as top ten U.S. wine region celebrates 33rd annual Virginia Wine Month

September 23, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Major New Produce Packing Facility in Brunswick County
Partnership and facility to help former tobacco farmers seize fast-growing market for organic vegetables

September 22, 2021
Governor Northam Announces New Grant Program Supporting Local Food and Farming Infrastructure
Local governments can apply for grants to support farmers markets and small-scale agricultural facilities October 1 through November 15

September 1, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Nation’s First State-Led Supply Chain Optimization Program
Virginia companies to receive support on global competitiveness, international trade

August 26, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Tyson Foods to Create More than 375 New Jobs in Danville-Pittsylvania County
Nation’s largest protein company to invest $300 million and construct its third production facility in Virginia

August 20, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Wood Products Expansions in Southwest Virginia
Woodgrain Inc. investment to create 100 new jobs in Grayson and Smyth Counties, increase purchases of Virginia-grown forest products

July 28, 2021
Governor Northam Awards Funding to 15 Projects Addressing Food Insecurity in Underserved Communities
Grants will support initiatives aimed at expanding food retailers, increasing access to fresh produce

July 27, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Landmark Virginia Company to Expand in Sussex County, Doubling Production of Iconic Gourmet Peanuts
Virginia Diner will invest over $4.5 million to grow manufacturing and distribution operation

June 30, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Hardwood Flooring Manufacturer to Create 58 New Jobs in Patrick County
First Governor's economic development announcement in the locality in 15 years

June 28, 2021
Governor Northam Awards Grants to Brunswick, Lee, Lunenburg, and Rockingham Counties to Support Innovative Agricultural Projects
Funding to help farmers transitioning from tobacco to vegetable production, explore feasibility of sustainable organic waste disposal

June 14, 2021
Governor Northam Proclaims June 13–19 Virginia Agriculture Week
Special events will celebrate the Commonwealth’s farmers, agribusinesses, and agricultural community

May 24, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Innovative Indoor Vertical Farm to Expand in Fairfax County
Company co-founder was recognized with Governor’s Virginia STEM Catalyst Award in 2018

May 21, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments

April 28, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Traeger Grills to Locate New Grill Pellet Manufacturing Operation in Wythe County
Facility to produce top selling grill pellets using 100 percent Virginia-grown hardwood

April 20, 2021
Governor Northam Announces State-of-the-Art Hydroponic Greenhouse in Virginia Beach to Create 155 New Jobs
Sunny Farms, LLC to invest $59.6 million in production, workforce development, and research facility

April 14, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Major Farm Market Expansion in Rockingham County
Overlook Produce leverages success of roadside farm stand to build new packing operation and large retail market featuring Virginia-sourced produce, seafood

April 6, 2021
Governor Northam Awards $270,000 in Farmland Preservation Grants
Five localities receive funds to place working farmlands under permanent conservation easements

March 23, 2021
Governor Northam Announces 13th Annual Conference on Agricultural Trade
Speakers will discuss emerging international trade opportunities amid a rebounding global economy

March 1, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Innovative Indoor Farm Expanding in Arlington County
Fresh Impact Farms to more than double production to meet new demand

February 23, 2021
Governor Northam Awards Grants to Strengthen Local Food Systems, Support Minority Farmers and Innovative Livestock Production
Charlotte, Grayson, and Page counties to receive funding from Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund

February 10, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Babylon Micro-Farms to Expand, Relocate to Richmond
Indoor farming technology company to create 24 new jobs

January 29, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Ice Cream Manufacturer to Expand in Rockingham County
Smiley's Ice Cream to invest more than $1.15 million in new facility, source all dairy from Virginia

January 18, 2021
Governor Northam Commends Nomination of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh as USDA Deputy SecretaryVDACS Commissioner recognized for leadership, innovation, and partnership

January 15, 2021
Governor Northam Announces 73 New Jobs in Russell County
Rambler Wood Products to convert former furniture building into first-of-its-kind indoor stave mill and wood products facility

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