Agencies | Governor
Search Virginia.Gov
left side bordertwitter iconfacebook iconinstagram iconflickr iconeva iconright side border

2019 News Releases

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


December 30, 2019
Best Wishes for a Safe, Productive and Happy New Year
10 Ways the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will protect you and your family in 2020

December 20, 2019
Virginia Ranks 4th in the U.S. for Aquaculture Sales

December 6, 2019
State Veterinarian's Office Lifts EHM Quarantine

December 6, 2019
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet Dec. 12 in Richmond

December 5, 2019
Imported Fire Ant Quarantine Expands

December 2, 2019
Governor Ralph Northam Proclaims December as Virginia Christmas Tree Month


November 21, 2019
Virginia Horse Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1

November 21, 2019
National Survey of Organic Farms Will Build on 2017 Census of Agriculture
Organic farms in Virginia increased by 46 percent and sales nearly tripled from the 2012 Census of Agriculture to the 2017 census

November 15, 2019
From the moon to your table, turkey is tops at Thanksgiving
Just ensure that yours is safe as well as tasty

November 8, 2019
Avoid Being Burned When Buying Firewood
Consumers should measure delivered firewood to ensure they receive full value

November 5, 2019
Spotted Lanternfly Detected in Clarke County, VA


October 29, 2019
Three Virginia Companies Exhibit at Yummex Middle East

October 25, 2019
Virginia Horse Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1
No cause for alarm for the general horse population in Virginia

October 24, 2019
A Safe Halloween

October 15, 2019
2019 Pesticide Disposal Program Safely Disposes of 26,150 Pounds of Unwanted Pesticides

October 4, 2019
VDACS Announces Reimbursement Funding for Eligible Organic Growers and Processors
Reimbursement of up to 75 percent of certification cost; maximum $750 per category

October 3, 2019
Virginia Pumpkins Arriving Now on Farms, in Stores and at Farmers’ Markets

October 1, 2019
Four Virginia Craft Beverage Companies to Exhibit at Bar Convent Berlin


September 27, 2019
First Lady Pamela Northam and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring Celebrate Virginia’s Apple Harvest

September 26, 2019
Four Virginia Distilleries to Exhibit at The Whisky Show in London

September 20, 2019
Five Virginia Companies To Exhibit at the Americas Food and Beverage Show

September 19, 2019
Virginia Announces Its Top 20 Agricultural Products

September 16, 2019
Five Virginia Companies To Exhibit at VietnamWood in Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam is the fifth largest export destination for U.S. forest products

September 10, 2019
Dates and Collection Sites Announced for 2019 Pesticide Collection Program

September 2, 2019
Temporary Waiver of Certain Animal Import Requirements into Virginia


August 30, 2019
Virginia’s Ginseng Harvest Season Begins September 1
Protect this valued plant by knowing harvesting regulations

August 30, 2019
Virginia Farmers Should Prepare Now For Peak of 2019 Hurricane Season
Taking precautions now can help protect families, farms and livestock

August 22, 2019
Virginia Agencies Investigating Reports of Illness among Men Who Took Dietary Supplement V8

August 19, 2019
A Lot of Agriculture in Your Child’s Backpack

August 1, 2019
New federal program can aid Virginia dairy farmers


July 29, 2019
August 4 – 10 is Farmers’ Market Week and Virginia’s markets are bursting with flavor and snapping with color

July 17, 2019
Caution: biting into a just-picked Virginia peach can be addictive

July 12, 2019
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet July 23 in Gloucester


June 28, 2019
How Does Your Congressional District Rank in Agricultural Production in Virginia?

June 27, 2019
Let Your Fourth of July Celebration End with Fireworks, Not Food Poisoning

June 20, 2019
32 Virginia Companies to Exhibit at 2019 Summer Fancy Food Show

June 19, 2019
Producing and Purchasing Virginia Grown USDA Certified Beef Just Got a Little Easier
VDACS obtains new certification to perform USDA beef grading services

June 17, 2019
General Assembly Funds 2019 Beehive Distribution Program
Program Seeks to Increase the Number of Beehives and Counteract Bee Losses

June 11, 2019
Virginia Pollinator Week Highlights the Essential Work of Honeybees and Other Pollinators
Six steps to help attract, protect and increase the state’s pollinators

June 10, 2019
Longhorned Tick Detected in Virginia

June 7, 2019
Four Virginia Craft Beverage Companies to Exhibit at Barra Mexico in Mexico City


May 31, 2019
How Do Different Counties Compare in Agricultural Production?

May 29, 2019
Virginia Farmers Should Prepare Now For 2019 Hurricane Season
Preparedness steps taken today can protect farms and livestock

May 28, 2019
Quarantine for Spotted Lanternfly Goes into Effect

May 20, 2019
Five Virginia Companies Exhibiting at Interzum in Cologne

May 15, 2019
Statement from VDACS on China Tariffs

May 14, 2019
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet May 23 in Richmond

May 13, 2019
The Key to Putting Food on Your Table

May 6, 2019
Treatments to Resume in Virginia for Spotted Lanternfly


April 22, 2019
Two Major Mid-Year Surveys Provide Prospective Production and Supply of Major Agricultural Commodities

April 16, 2019
Has Spring Weather Finally Arrived?

April 12, 2019
2017 Census of Agriculture Data Now Available
Market Value of Products Sold Up 6 Percent From 2012

April 10, 2019
Solving the Easter Egg Dilemma

April 3, 2019
Help Stop Pests From Invading Virginia
Invasive plant and pest species can devastate agriculture, natural resources and economy


March 28, 2019
Wet Spring Could Result In Boxwood Blight
Fungus thrives in wet conditions and mild temperatures

March 28, 2019
Creative Community Will Boost Farming Across Virginia

March 27, 2019
Vaccinate Horses Now to Lower Risk of Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

Twice a year vaccination protects horses from West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis

March 11, 2019
Those Spring Chicks are Cute, but Think before Adding Them to Your Farm or Backyard

March 8, 2019
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet March 21 in Richmond

March 8, 2019
VDACS Transitions to Extended Equine Certificate of Veterinary Inspection
Permit allows equine interstate travel for up to six months

March 7, 2019
State Veterinarian Encourages Farmers to Practice Biosecurity
Preventing the Entry of Foreign Animal Diseases Such as African Swine Fever into Virginia is Key to Healthy Livestock

March 5, 2019
Virginia’s Weights and Measures Inspectors Protect Consumers and Sellers
The Commonwealth Observes National Weights and Measures Week March 1-7

March 4, 2019
Peanut Butter Donation to Federation of Virginia Food Banks to Honor National Peanut Month


February 19, 2019
Eight Virginia Breweries to Exhibit in London at Craft Beer Rising 2019

February 12, 2019
Two Virginia Companies to Exhibit at Gulfood 2019 in Dubai

February 12, 2019
Compared to 2017, Virginia Farmers Storing Less Corn, Soybean and Barley Stocks

February 7, 2019
VDACS Announces $550,000 in USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants Available for Virginia Agricultural Interests
Specialty crop grant applications accepted now through March 18

February 1, 2019
Financial Assistance Available for Farmers Adversely Affected by Trade Tariffs
Deadline for sign-up is Feb. 14

February 1, 2019
Virginia Farmers Urged to Register for the First Southeast Virginia Fruit and Vegetable Conference


January 31, 2019
Disaster Designations for Grayson, Carroll, Patrick, Henry, Halifax, Mecklenburg and Pittsylvania Counties Due To Hurricane Michael

January 30, 2019
Five Things Everyone Should Know About Using Pesticides Responsibly
February is National Pesticide Education Month

January 15, 2019
The Tasting Ticket – a Way to Shine with Buyers of Specialty Food Production
Virginia’s Finest Educational Conference to Take Place in Richmond with New Feature for Vendors

January 7, 2019
Thirteen Virginia Companies to Exhibit at 2019 Winter Fancy Food Show

Download Adobe Acrobat Reader to view PDF files.