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2020 News Releases

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

October

October 16, 2020
VDACS Office of Pesticide Services Partners With Virginia Pesticide Management Association to Offer Pesticide Testing Opportunities

October 15, 2020
VDACS to Host Virtual Trade Show Series to Feature Virginia’s Finest Producers

October 9, 2020
VDACS Names New Manager of Farmer Mental Health and Stress

October 6, 2020
October 5-9 is Virginia Farm to School Week

October 1, 2020
VDACS Announces Reimbursement Funding for Eligible Organic Growers and Processors
Funding available for reimbursement of 50 percent of certification cost

October 1, 2020
Virginia Grown Pumpkins are Perfect for Fall Decorating, Carving or Eating
Virginia pumpkin growers harvested 5,600 acres of pumpkins in the Commonwealth in 2019

September

September 21, 2020
Every Farmer Counts: VDACS to Recognize National Farm Safety and Health Week

September 10, 2020
Celebrate Virginia’s Honey Harvest by Enjoying the Natural Sweetener
Virginia honey can be found at farmers’ markets, farm stands and local retailers

August

August 28, 2020
Virginia’s Ginseng Harvest Season Begins September 1
Protect this valued plant by knowing harvesting regulations

August 24, 2020
VDACS Names New Livestock Services Program Manager

August 17, 2020
Virginia Residents Should Report Unsolicited Seed Packages Directly to the USDA

August 17, 2020
Chesapeake Horse Tests Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus

August 4, 2020
Third Suffolk Horse Test Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis

July

July 24, 2020
Public Asked To Report Receipt of any Unsolicited Packages of Seeds

July 24, 2020
USDA Farm to School Grants Connect More Students with Locally Grown and Raised Food

July 24, 2020
Two Horses Euthanized After Testing Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis

July 17, 2020
Dates and Collection Sites Announced For 2020 Pesticide Disposal Program

July 16, 2020
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet Virtually on July 21

July 2, 2020
Practice Food Safety When Celebrating This Independence Day

June

June 30, 2020
VDACS Commissioner Jewel Broanugh Issues Statement on USMCA

June 18, 2020
Fauquier County Horse Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1

June 18, 2020
Celebrate the Work of Honeybees and Other Pollinators During National Pollinator Week

June 12, 2020
Grant Program Available for Local Governments to Support Agriculture and Forestry Industries During COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond

June 11, 2020
Relaunch of the Virginia Specialty Food & Beverage Association

June 10, 2020
For 28 Years, the Retail Farmers’ Markets Publication has Provided Valuable Price Information to Virginia Producers and Buyers

June 4, 2020
Celebrate Virginia Dairy Farmers During Dairy Month

June 1, 2020
Virginia Farmers Should Prepare Now as Hurricane Season Begins Today
Taking preparedness steps today can help protect farms and livestock

May

May 16, 2020
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet Virtually on May 21

April

April 30, 2020
As Strawberry Season Approaches, VDACS Provides Pick-Your-Own Farm Guidance
Operational information for Pick-Your-Own Farms and Individual Produce Stands is available on the VDACS website

April 22, 2020
Celebrate Virginia Farmers’ Market Week and Shop Local
VTC and VDACS encourage Virginians to buy local farm products during Virginia Farmers’ Market Week, April 27-May 3, 2020

April 17, 2020
Vaccinations Help Protect Horses by Lowering the Risk of Mosquito-Borne Illnesses
Twice a year vaccinations protect horses from West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis

April 15, 2020
Help Stop Invasive Plants and Pests From Invading Virginia

April 10, 2020
Updated Guidance for Grocery Stores, Farmers' Markets and Agribusiness Operations Is Available on VDACS COVID-19 Website

April 8, 2020
Commissioner of Agriculture Calls on Grocery Retailers to Lift Purchases on Milk

April 3, 2020
Virginia Produce Growers Encouraged to Register for Opportunities With Local Produce Retailers and Wholesalers

April 2, 2020
Homestead Creamery Recall “Unsalted” Butter Because of Possible Health Risks

March

March 31, 2020
Eat Healthy and Support Virginia’s Economy While Enjoying Fresh Virginia Seafood

March 26, 2020
Site Offers Resources for Farmers, Consumers and More for COVID-19

March 18, 2020
Virginia Horse Test Positive For Equine Herpesvirus-1

March 6, 2020
2020 Virginia Specialty Food and Beverage Expo is Cancelled

March 6, 2020
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet March 19 in Richmond

March 1, 2020
Consumer Protection Is a VDACS’ Priority

February

February 25, 2020
VDACS Announces $540,000 in USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants Available
Request for Applications Now Open, Deadline for Submission is March 23, 2020

February 24, 2020
Still time to complete your Census of Agriculture Special Study

February 24, 2020
Virginia Horse Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1

February 21, 2020
Five Virginia Craft Breweries to Exhibit at BrewLDN 2020 in London

February 13, 2020
Peanut Butter Donation to Federation of Virginia Food Banks to Honor National Peanut Month

February 13, 2020
Two Virginia Agribusinesses to Exhibit at Gulfood 2020

February 7, 2020
Impress Your Valentine With Uniquely Virginia Gift Ideas

January

January 16, 2020
Twelve Virginia Companies to Exhibit at the 2020 Winter Fancy Food Show

January 13, 2020
Five Virginia Companies to Exhibit at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market

January 10, 2020
2019 Virginia Annual Crop Production Summary
Corn, cotton, peanuts, dark-fired tobacco and hay are up from 2018

2019 News Releases

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