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2021 News Releases

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


December 21, 2021
Virginia State Veterinarian Approves Entry of Santa’s Reindeer into Virginia on December 24

December 17, 2021
Farm Link Website Undergoes Redesign to Better Connect Farm Seekers with Available Land and Farming Opportunities

December 14, 2021
VDACS Receives Approval on Plan to Regulate Hemp Production

December 13, 2021
VDACS Commissioner Issues Statement as USDA Opens 2022 Signup for Dairy Margin Coverage Program

December 3, 2021
VDACS is Now Accepting Applications for the Virginia Food Access Investment Fund
Grants awarded to businesses and non-profit organizations to expand retail fresh food access to low-income, low-access communities

December 3, 2021
VDACS Receives $500,000 From the USDA-NIFA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network to Further Farmer Stress Efforts in the Commonwealth

December 1, 2021
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet on December 10 in Richmond

December 1, 2021
Virginia Horse Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1


November 29, 2021
Celebrate The Holidays With A Virginia Grown Christmas Tree

November 23, 2021
Buy Local and Support Virginia Agriculture This Holiday Season


October 29, 2021
Protect Virginia’s Forest and Your Wallet When Using Firewood This Fall
Burn locally and measure bulk deliveries of firewood to ensure full value

October 27, 2021
Virginia Horse Test Positive for Equine Infectious Anemia

October 7, 2021
Virginia Grown Pumpkins are Delivered to Virginia's Executive Mansion
Presentation kicks off Pumpkin Month in the Commonwealth

October 5, 2021
October 4-8 is Virginia Farm to School Week


September 20, 2021
VDACS to Recognize National Farm Safety and Health Week

September 16, 2021
VDACS and Virginia Cooperative Extension at VSU Partner to Increase Awareness and Encourage Diversity in Assistance Programs for Virginia Producers

September 9, 2021
VDACS Announces the Initial Application Period for the Virginia Agriculture Food Assistance Program
Grants awarded to charitable food access organizations to reimburse Virginia farmers and food distributors for costs associated with providing donated agricultural products

September 1, 2021
Virginia ABC and VDACS to Celebrate September as Virginia Spirits Month


August 31, 2021
Virginia’s Ginseng Harvest Season Begins September 1
Protect this valued plant by knowing harvesting regulations

August 23, 2021
VDACS Announces Reimbursement Funding for Eligible Organic Growers and Processors
Reimbursement funding is available for 50 percent of organic certification cost

August 20, 2021
Virginia Farmers Should Prepare Now for Peak of the 2021 Hurricane Season
Taking preparedness steps today can help protect farms and livestock

August 19, 2021
VDACS Announces Collection Dates for the 2021 Pesticide Collection Program

August 2, 2021
Celebrate Virginia Farmers’ Markets and Shop Local


July 21, 2021
Apply Now for the 2021 Beehive Distribution Program
Must be a Virginia resident, aged 18 or older, to be eligible to receive beehive units

July 16, 2021
Six Virginia Craft Beverage Companies to Exhibit at BrewLDN 2021

July 11, 2021
Virginia Board of Agriculture to Meet in Richmond on July 20

July 9, 2021
VDACS Establishes New Dairy Producers Margin Coverage Premium Assistance Program to Assist Virginia Dairies
VDACS to reimburse Virginia dairies annual premium payment for the federal Dairy Margin Coverage Program

July 6, 2021
The 2021 Virginia Beehive Distribution Program Begins July 20

July 1, 2021
Practice Food Safety This Fourth of July Weekend


May 24, 2021
Governor Northam Appoints Brad Copenhaver as 17th Commissioner of Agriculture
Southwest Virginia native to lead the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

May 17, 2021
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet Virtually on May 20

May 12, 2021
VDACS Issues Emergency Waiver of Reid Vapor Pressure Requirements in Virginia

May 11, 2021
Spotted Lanternfly Detected in Prince William County, VA


April 23, 2021
State Veterinarian Encourages Livestock and Poultry Exhibitors and Show Managers to Practice Biosecurity

April 13, 2021
VDACS to Host Virtual Trade Show Series to Feature Virginia’s Finest Producers


March 17, 2021
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet Virtually on March 25

March 1, 2021
VDACS’ Weights and Measures Inspectors Help Protect Consumers and Businesses
The Commonwealth Observes National Weights and Measures Week March 1-7


February 26, 2021
Carrington King Named VVA’s Grower of the Year

February 22, 2021
Peanut Butter Donation to Federation of Virginia Food Banks to Honor National Peanut Month

February 12, 2021
Things Everyone Should Know About Using Pesticides Responsibly

February 9, 2021
VDACS to Expand Virginia Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine to Include Clarke and Warren Counties


January 28, 2021
Virginia Horse Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1

January 12, 2021
Survey of Farm Conservation Practices in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

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