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2018 News Releases

All news releases sent from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).


December 20, 2018
Financial Well-Being Survey of Virginia Farmers and Ranchers to Begin in January

December 14, 2018
Governor Northam Announces Major Investment to Accelerate Virginia’s Progress Towards Universal Broadband Access

December 14, 2018
Survey Says . . . No Boll Weevils

December 13, 2018
Some Food Safety Advice for Holiday Cooks
Go ahead and stuff your face, but don’t stuff your turkey

December 12, 2018
It’s Not Too Late to Get A Virginia Grown Christmas Tree For The Holiday

December 7, 2018
The 2019 Commercial Floriculture Survey Begins Today


November 30, 2018
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet, Hold Public Hearing Dec. 6 in Richmond

November 30, 2018
Governor Northam Announces New Commercial Bakery in Loudoun County
Apple strudel producer Little Austria to establish new production facility, building on success at local farmers markets

November 28, 2018
Mountain Man Market Recalls "Mountain Man Apple Cider" Because Of Possible Health Risk

November 26, 2018
Celebrate the Holidays With A Virginia Grown Christmas Tree
Post pictures of your decorated real, Virginia Grown Christmas tree using #VaGrownChristmas.

November 14, 2018
Two Important Surveys Set County Estimates for Agriculture Products

November 13, 2018
Celebrate Thanksgiving with an all Virginia Grown Thanksgiving Dinner

November 9, 2018
Virginia Crop Production Report Shows Mixed Results


October 31, 2018
What To Do with the Pumpkin When Halloween is Over
Check before you chuck

October 29, 2018
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recognizes Extension Agents Statewide for Outstanding Service

October 19, 2018
VDACS attends the 2018 Tri-National Agriculture Accord

October 19, 2018
Federal Primary Disaster Designations for Culpeper, Madison, Mecklenburg and Orange Counties
Albemarle, Brunswick, Charlotte, Fauquier, Greene, Halifax, Louisa, Lunenburg, Page, Rappahannock and Spotsylvania Counties Received Contiguous Disaster Declarations

October 18, 2018
For Your Reference

October 12, 2018
October is Pumpkin Month in Virginia
The Commonwealth has approximately 2,400 acres of wholesale pumpkins

October 11, 2018
With Firewood, Buy It Where You’ll Burn It

October 4, 2018
Virginia Distilleries to Exhibit at Bar Convent in Berlin

October 2, 2018
Two Virginia Farmers’ Markets Named to “Top 10” Markets Nationwide
Congratulations to Charlottesville, #3, and Williamsburg, #5. All Top 10 farmers are located in the Eastern United States

October 2, 2018
Oct. 1 - 5 is Virginia Farm-to-School Week


September 18, 2018
Learn Four Simple Guidelines to Prevent Food Borne Illnesses
Help keep your family safe from food borne illnesses

September 11, 2018
Temporary Waiver of Animal Import Requirements into Virginia

September 10, 2018
Virginia Farmers Should Prepare Now For Potential Impact From Hurricane Florence
Farmers Should Take Steps Now to Protect Their Farms and Livestock

September 10, 2018
Wine Enthusiast magazine nominates its first Virginia winery as a finalist for "Best American Winery"

September 7, 2018
Three Reasons Why Honey Month is Important to Every Virginian


August 29, 2018
Conservation a Key Part of Digging for Ginseng
Know the Law before Heading to the Woods

August 27, 2018
Second Virginia horse tests positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis

August 15, 2018
Virginia Horse Tests Positive for West Nile Virus
Pony had not been vaccinated

August 10, 2018
It’s August, Time For Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Virginia Horses

August 10, 2018
Virginia Corn and Soybean Production Expected to Increase

August 9, 2018
Farmers: Schedule a Free On-Farm Readiness Review to Determine if the New Produce Safety Rule Applies to You

August 2, 2018
Governor Northam and First Lady Kick-off Virginia Farmers’ Market Week
Virginia Farmers’ Market Week is August 5 - 11


July 30, 2018
Beehive Distribution Program Closed to Applications
Demand for Hives Outpaces Program Allocation

July 13, 2018
Beehive Distribution Program Provides Hives to Beekeepers
Program Seeks to Increase the Number of Productive Hive

July 13, 2018
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet, Hold Public Hearing July 24 in Rural Retreat

July 11, 2018
Dates and Collection Sites Announced For 2018 Pesticide Collection and Disposal Program

July 10, 2018
Virginia Laboratory Gets New Tool in Protecting State’s Animals from Catastrophic Disease


June 27, 2018
Virginia Fruit Production Increases
Virginia apples rank 5th in the U.S. and peaches 11th

June 26, 2018
Bee Losses over the Winter Nearly 60 Percent in Virginia

June 26, 2018
Reminder from the State Veterinarian: with 2018’s Strong Mosquito Season, Horse Owners Need to Vaccinate Most Horses Now against Mosquito-borne Diseases

June 19, 2018
Giant Hogweed Detected in Virginia

June 18, 2018
Hey, Richmond, it’s Virginia Pollinator Week with a Celebration at the Great Big Greenhouse
Come meet beekeepers and learn what they do and how they dress for work

June 15, 2018
Virginia Pollinator Week Highlights the Essential Work of Honeybees and Other Pollinators
Every Virginian, urban or rural, can do something to attract, protect or increase the state’s pollinators

June 7, 2018
Virginia Exhibit Planned for Fancy Food Show in New York
More than 30 Percent of Exhibitors are at the Show for the First Time

June 6, 2018
Rain Good/Drought Bad is Not Necessarily True for Farmers


May 29, 2018
Governor Northam Announces $2.45 Million Expansion, 60 New Jobs in Orange County
Homestead Building Systems, Inc. to expand production and increase purchases of Virginia forestry products

May 21, 2018
After a Record Hurricane Season in 2017, Forecasters Warn the East Coast to Brace for More of the Same This Year
Farmers Should Plan Now to Protect Their Farms and Livestock

May 16, 2018
Exotic Tick Found on Cattle Farm in Virginia

May 10, 2018
Virginia’s Expected Winter Wheat Production Up 23 Percent

May 2, 2018
Strategy to Manage New Invasive Pest Detected in Virginia



April 24, 2018
Governor Northam Announces New, Innovative Land Conservation Strategy
Initiative will use new tools to identify and protect the top ten percent of lands with the highest conservation value

April 19, 2018
Virginia’s Strawberry Harvest is Right on Track and Looking Good

April 18, 2018
Virginia Companies to Exhibit at Food and Hotel Asia in Singapore

April 9, 2018
Dr. Jewel Bronaugh named as the 16th Commissioner of Agriculture

April 2, 2018
Vaccinate Most Horses Now against West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis
State Veterinarian encourages horse owners to check with their veterinarians now regarding vaccination schedule


March 29, 2018
Virginia Farmers to Plant 30,000 More Acres in Soybeans than in 2017
Barley and wheat also up

March 23, 2018
An Update on EHV-1 in Virginia as the Horse Show Season Kicks into Full Gear

March 21, 2018
Expo Showcases Hundreds of Virginia Specialty Foods and Beverages
Entrepreneurs from Hummingbird Gardens, Richmond; Red Root & Co., Harrisonburg and Homestead Creamery, Wirtz, win Best New Product competition

March 20, 2018
Governor Northam Announces New Commercial Bakery in the City of Virginia Beach
Commune Bakery LLC to create 5 new jobs

March 19, 2018
Governor Northam Announces $1.7 Million Investment, 17 New Jobs in Dinwiddie County
Richlands Creamery LLC to invest in Dinwiddie County and create 17 jobs

March 16, 2018
Celebrate the Success of Virginia Agriculture

March 15, 2018
Virginia Distilleries to Exhibit at Whisky Live in London

March 13, 2018
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet March 22 in Richmond

March 1, 2018
No Additional Exposed Virginia Horses in Confirmed Equine Herpesvirus-1 Cases
No Virginia horses have had any contact with either property, including trail riders


February 28, 2018
Virginia Horses Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1

February 28, 2018
Still Time for Farmers to Respond the 2017 Census of Agriculture
Federal law mandates that everyone who received the 2017 Census of Agriculture questionnaire complete and return it

February 22, 2018
Virginia’s Weights and Measures Inspectors Make Sure Consumers Get What They Paid For
The Commonwealth Observes National Weights and Measures Week March 1-7

February 21, 2018
Governor Northam Announces New Jobs, Investment in Rockingham County
Old Hill Cider to increase hard cider production, local purchases

February 20, 2018
Five Virginia Breweries Exhibiting at Craft Beer Rising in London

February 15, 2018
Virginia Agribusiness Exhibiting at Gulfood 2018 in Dubai for the First Time

February 13, 2018
Sample and Savor Virginia’s Best at the Food and Beverage Expo
Exhibitors, trade buyers and media encouraged to register at

February 9, 2018
Attention to Detail Provides Rabies Diagnosis that May Have Saved Farmers Lives

February 8, 2018
New Invasive Pest Detected in Virginia

February 8, 2018
Share Some of Virginia’s Love this Valentine’s Day
Seven ways to say “I love you”

February 7, 2018
Governor Northam Announces $440,000 in USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants Available for Virginia Agricultural Interests
Request for applications now open, deadline for submission is March 15, 2018

February 6, 2018
Update: Second Horse in Central Virginia Facility Tests Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1

February 1, 2018
Virginia Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1


January 31, 2018
Governor Northam Announces New Jobs, Investment in Franklin County
Chaos Mountain Brewing, LLC to expand craft beer production, local purchases

January 31, 2018
Census of Agriculture Deadline Just Days Away

January 29, 2018
Governor Northam to Co-Host 10th Annual Conference on Agricultural Trade March 5 in Richmond
Participants to include Ambassadors of our NAFTA Partners, food industry and agricultural leaders, senior U.S. trade officials, and other U.S and foreign dignitaries

January 18, 2018
Southeastern Farmer of the Year, Robert Mills, To Receive His Tractor From Boone Tractor Dealership

January 16, 2018
Virginia Soybeans and Peanuts Saw Highest Yield Ever in 2017

January 8, 2018
Virginia Companies Exhibiting at Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco
The Virginia Pavilion will showcase some of the Commonwealth’s award-winning foods

January 8, 2018
Agriculture Department Accepting Proposals for Species to be Added to Virginia’s List of Harmful Weeds
Members of the public may propose weeds for inclusion on Virginia’s Noxious Weed List

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