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2022 News Releases

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


December 21, 2022
Virginia State Veterinarian Approves Entry of Santa’s Reindeer into Virginia On December 24

December 19, 2022
Virginia’s Seafood Industry Provides $1.1 Billion Boost to State’s Economy

December 13, 2022
Governor Youngkin Details New Economic Impact Study of Virginia Agriculture and Forestry
In 2021, industries provided more than a $105 billion boost to the Commonwealth’s economy

December 6, 2022
Governor Glenn Youngkin Recognizes the 10th Anniversary of the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund
Innovative program creates economic vitality throughout the Commonwealth with new markets for Virginia’s farmers and forestland owner

December 5, 2022
Virginia Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1

December 5, 2022
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet in Richmond on December 9

December 2, 2022
VDACS Announces Expansion of Virginia’s Imported Fire Ant Quarantine


November 29, 2022
Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association Presents Trees and Wreaths to Virginia’s Executive Mansion

November 21, 2022
Celebrate This Holiday Season with Virginia Spirits
Virginia ABC, VDACS and Virginia Spirits Board partner to highlight Virginia distilled spirits this holiday season

November 18, 2022
Backyard Bird Owners Should Practice Biosecurity Measures to Protect Their Flocks From HPAI

November 17, 2022
Virginia Dairy Producers Encouraged to Participate in the Dairy Producers Margin Coverage Premium Assistance Program
Program provides premium reimbursement of annual premium payment for federal Dairy Margin Coverage

November 17, 2022
Beginning Farmers Encouraged to Attend Free Farm Finance and Conservation Planning Seminar

November 15, 2022
Governor Youngkin Proclaims November as Virginia Oyster Month
Virginia is the largest oyster producer on the East Coast


October 18, 2022
Don’t Move Firewood, Virginia
Limit the spread of invasive pests

October 13, 2022
The 2022 Virginia Beehive Distribution Program Opens on October 26
Must be a Virginia resident, aged 18 and older to be eligible to receive beehive units

October 11, 2022
VDACS Announces $120,000 in Virginia Food Access Investment Fund Awards
Funding supports four projects across Virginia to improve retail fresh food access in underserved communities


September 28, 2022
VDACS Announces Organic Certification Reimbursement Funding for Eligible Growers and Processors
Reimbursement funding available for 50 percent of organic certification cost

September 27, 2022
VDACS Launches Black Vulture Depredation Permit Pilot Program to Assist Commonwealth’s Livestock Producers
Program launched in partnership with USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, as part of the Virginia Cooperative Wildlife Damage Management Program

September 13, 2022
Beanstalk Farms Celebrates Opening of High-Tech, Home-Grown Indoor Farm in Fairfax County
Inventive, homegrown company proves Virginia is fertile ground for agricultural innovation

September 12, 2022
AeroFarms Danville, Now Growing: Debut of the World’s Largest Aeroponic Smart Farm

September 1, 2022
HPAI Detected in Backyard Flock in Caroline County, VA
Protect Your Backyard Flock by Practicing Biosecurity


August 31, 2022
Virginia’s Ginseng Harvest Season Begins September 1

August 30, 2022
VDACS Launches New Online Portal to Assist Virginia Produce Farmers and Agribusinesses

August 30, 2022
Virginia ABC and VDACS to Celebrate Virginia Spirits Month in September
Month long recognition of the history and economic impact of Virginia’s distilled spirits industry

August 19, 2022
VDACS Announces the Launch of the AgriStress Hotline in Virginia
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announces the official launch of the AgriStress Helpline for Virginia to provide the Commonwealth’s agricultural producers with mental health support.

August 18, 2022
Whitegate Farm RECALLS “Raw Sharp Cheddar” Due to Possible Health Risk"
Whitegate Farm of Pearisburg, VA, is recalling all packages of “Raw Sharp Cheddar” cheese because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.


July 29, 2022
USDA Announces Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement With Virginia
VDACS seeks agencies that have the capacity to procure local foods from Virginia producers for distribution to underserved populations

July 22, 2022
Fitness Advantage in the City of Norton, VA, Closes; Eligible Members Must File for Refunds by October 20, 2022

July 18, 2022
VDACS Announces 2022 Pesticide Collection Program Dates and Collection Sites

July 14, 2022
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet on July 19 in Suffolk

July 8, 2022
VDACS Expands Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine to Slow the Spread

July 5, 2022
Task Force to Analyze Industrial Hemp Extracts and Other Substances Containing Tetrahydrocannabinol Intended for Human Consumption to Meet on July 7 in Richmond


June 30, 2022
Virginia Wine Contributes $1.73 Billion to Virginia Economy

June 30, 2022
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia Address the Retail Sale of THC Infused Edibles

June 22, 2022
VDACS Encourages Agricultural Producers to Sign Up for the 2022 Census of Agriculture by June 30

June 10, 2022
Governor Youngkin Proclaims June 12-18 as Virginia Agriculture Week
Virginia Agriculture Week recognizes and celebrates the contribution of Virginia Farmers and Agribusinesses


May 31, 2022
VDACS Announces $300,000 in Virginia Food Access Investment Fund Awards
Funding supports six projects that improve retail fresh food access in underserved communities

May 13, 2022
VVA Honors Shepherd Rouse as Wine Grape Grower of the Year

May 13, 2022
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet on May 19 in Richmond


April 8, 2022
Governor Glenn Youngkin Announces the Rebranding of the Virginia Grown Program
Rebrand includes a new Virginia Grown logo, website and program specifics, and a refreshed Virginia’s Finest logo


March 30, 2022
Expo Showcases Hundreds of Virginia Specialty Foods and Beverages
Entrepreneurs from Pastry Base, Northern Neck Sauce, and Chaotic Good Tempeh win Best New Product awards competition

March 16, 2022
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet on March 24 in Richmond

March 11, 2022
Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program and the Veterinary Services Grant Program Application Periods Open

March 4, 2022
VDACS Announces $600,000 in USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants Available
Request for Applications Now Open, Deadline for Submission is March 21, 2022


February 28, 2022
VDACS’ Weights and Measures Inspectors Protect Consumers and Sellers
Weights and Measures Week is March 1-7, 2022

February 25, 2022
Virginia’s Premier Specialty Food & Beverage Expo Returns to Richmond on March 30
Virginia producers, trade buyers, sponsors, and media encouraged to attend

February 9, 2022
VDACS Encourages the Responsible Use of Pesticides 
Read and follow the label - The label is the law.


January 21, 2022
Virginia Poultry Owners Encouraged to Practice Biosecurity to Protect Flocks from Avian Influenza USDA Confirms Avian Influenza in wild waterfowl in North Carolina and South Carolina 

January 18, 2022
Virginia’s 5th Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and the Commonwealth’s 18th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Begin New Roles

January 5, 2022
Marketing Funds Available for Exporters of Virginia Forestry and Wood Products

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