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2023 News Releases

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


December 18, 2023
VDACS Launches Centralized Webpage with New and Beginning Farmer Resources

December 11, 2023
AFID Planning Grant Awarded to the Commonwealth Regional Council to Support Poultry Farmers in Central Virginia


November 30, 2023
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet in Richmond on December 7

November 27, 2023
Virginia Grown Christmas Tree and Wreaths to Adorn Virginia’s Executive Mansion


October 27, 2023
Fifteen Virginia Localities Eligible for USDA Emergency Loans Through Drought Designation

October 23, 2023
VDACS Announces Reimbursement Funding for Eligible Organic Growers and Processors
Reimbursement funding available for up to 75 percent of organic certification cost

October 19, 2023
Applications for Blue Catfish Processing, Flash Freezing, and Infrastructure Grant Funding Accepted through November 20

October 2, 2023
October 2-6 is Virginia Farm to School Week


September 20, 2023
VDACS & DOLI Recognize National Farm Safety and Health Week

September 12, 2023
2023 Virginia Agriculture Trade Conference, November 1, 2023-Invitation to Participate

September 11, 2023
VDACS Announces 2023 Pesticide Collection Program Dates and Collection Sites


August 31, 2023
Virginia's Ginseng Harvest Season Begins September 1

August 31, 2023
Recognizing September as Virginia Spirits Month

August 16, 2023
Application Period for the 2023 Beehive Distribution Program Begins on August 28

August 6, 2023
Celebrate Virginia Farmers Markets - August 6 - 12

August 4, 2023
Virginia Farmers Should Prepare Now For Peak of Atlantic Hurricane Season


July 25, 2023
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet in Virginia Beach on August 4

July 7, 2023
Thirteen Virginia Specialty Food Businesses Exhibited at the 2023 Summer Fancy Food Show

July 3, 2023
Don’t Let Foodborne Illnesses Spoil Your Fourth of July


June 28, 2023
Virginia Winery Distribution Company Announces New Board of Directors Member and Chair

June 26, 2023
Protect Your Cattle from Asian Longhorned Ticks and Theileriosis
Management of tick populations key to slowing parasite

June 22, 2023
Horses Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1 at Lexington Facility

June 20, 2023
Celebrate the Work of Virginia Pollinators During National Pollinator Week

June 15, 2023
Starting July 1, Amendments to Virginia’s Food and Drink and Industrial Hemp Laws Take Effect
Amendments affect the sale and regulation of hemp-derived products

June 12, 2023
Celebrate the Commonwealth’s Agricultural Industry During Virginia Agriculture Week

June 7, 2023
VEC Currently Conducting Annual Survey on Prevailing Practices in Agricultural Employment through July


May 25, 2023
VDACS Announces $175,000 in Virginia Food Access Investment Fund Awards
Funding supports four projects to improve retail fresh food access in underserved communities

May 15, 2023
Vaccinations Help Protect Horses by Lowering the Risk of Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

May 11, 2023
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet in Richmond on May 18


April 17, 2023
VDACS Regional Animal Health Laboratories Achieve NAHLN Level One Designation


March 17, 2023
Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to Meet in Richmond on March 23

March 14, 2023
Virginia Spirits Board Establishes Marketing Office to Promote Virginia Spirits Industry
The Hodges Partnership selected to develop and implement strategic marketing plan to enhance Virginia Spirits Board brand image and reputation

March 2, 2023
Governor Glenn Youngkin Proclaims March as Virginia Controlled Environment Agriculture Month
CEAs are advancing agriculture and exceling in Virginia’s surging entrepreneurial spirit

March 1, 2023
VDACS’ Weights and Measures Inspections Protect Virginia’s Consumers and Businesses


February 27, 2023
Peanut Butter Donation to Federation of Virginia Food Banks to Honor National Peanut Month

February 27, 2023
VDACS and LMU College of Veterinary Medicine to Launch Additional Laboratory Service in Southwest Virginia
Additional service expands VDACS lab capabilities, provides farmers herd health options

February 17, 2023
VVA Honors Tom Kelly as Wine Grape Grower of the Year

February 10, 2023
Fairfax County Horse Test Positive For Equine Herpesvirus-1

February 10, 2023
Four Virginia Agribusinesses to Exhibit at Gulfood Dubai 2023
Companies to introduce diverse and innovative foods to growing Middle East

February 2, 2023
VDACS Is Accepting Applications For Specialty Crop Block Grants
Interested groups should submit specialty crop block grant applications before Feb.

February 1, 2023
Augusta County Horse Test Positive For Equine Herpesvirus-1


January 27, 2023
Virginia Agricultural Producers Encouraged to Complete the 2022 Census of Agriculture

January 19, 2023
VDACS Confirms Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Commercial Turkey Operation in Rockingham County
Virginia poultry owners strongly encouraged to practice biosecurity to protect their flocks

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