Virginia corn, soybean, cotton, peanut crop forecasts up from 2015

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the state’s estimated crop production for 2016.


Farmers disposing of unwanted pesticides safely

More than 1.4 million pounds of outdated and unwanted pesticides have been collected and destroyed since VDACS began the Virginia Pesticide Disposal Program in 1990.


Report: 2015 peach, apple, grape production in Virginia

Peach production in Virginia in 2015 was 5,120 tons (10.2 million pounds), down 180 tons (360,000 pounds) from 2014.


Virginia soybean acreage down, corn up from 2015

Soybeans planted in Virginia were estimated at 610,000 acres, down 20,000 acres from 2015. Acres harvested for grain, at 600,000 acres, were 20,000 acres below a year ago.


Dates, collection sites announced for 2016 Pesticide Disposal Program

VDACS invites farmers, pesticide dealers, pest control firms, certified applicators and homeowners to participate in the 2016 pesticide disposal program.


$260 million available for conservation partnership program

VDACS has announced the availability of up to $260 million for partner proposals to improve the nation’s water quality.


Registration open for upcoming VDACS marketing conferences

Registration is now open for two conferences hosted by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) in March 2015.


Governor McAuliffe announces $1.5 million in farmland preservation grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the recipients of fiscal year 2015 farmland preservation grants. Six localities have been awarded more than $1,581,000 from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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Farm Bureau to emphasize agriculture issues at Jan. 29 Legislative Day

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation volunteer leaders will speak with state legislators about issues of interest to the commonwealth’s farmers during the organization’s annual Legislative Day on Jan. 29.


Virginia companies exhibiting at Fancy Food Show in San Francisco

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is hosting a Virginia Pavilion at the Winter Fancy Food Show, January 11-13, 2015, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.


Governor McAuliffe announces USDA funding for two programs connecting Virginia schools, farmers

Governor Terry McAuliffe on Monday announced that Virginia was selected for two USDA awards that will help connect Virginia agricultural producers with school systems statewide.


Governor McAuliffe announces third round of agriculture, forestry planning grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the award of four planning grants from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID).


McAuliffe announces opening of Indian market for Virginia apple exports

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced new export sales of Virginia apples to India, a significant market opening in one of the world’s largest economies and population bases.

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Deck the halls with real, Virginia Grown trees this holiday season

To encourage consumers to choose a Virginia Grown tree, Governor Terry McAuliffe proclaims December as “Virginia Christmas Tree Month” in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


McAuliffe announces first Mid-Atlantic commercial hops processing operation

Black Hops Farm, LLC will initially convert 15 acres of former pasture land into a hopsyard and build a new processing facility, becoming the largest hopsyard in Virginia.


Virginia marks Farm-to-School Week

Virginia’s public elementary, middle and high schools serve 670,000 lunches, 250,000 breakfasts and 7,240 afterschool snacks each day.


McAuliffe announces new biotech agricultural export deal to China

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced as part of his trade and marketing mission to Asia that Agrivita Biogroup, Inc. has reached new export deals of animal feed additives to Chinese importers.


VDACS recognizes extension agents for outstanding service

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has recognized Virginia Cooperative Extension agents and specialists for their outstanding participation in the plastic pesticide container recycling program, the pesticide disposal program and pesticide safety education courses.

October is Virginia Pumpkin Month

Everywhere you turn, pumpkin is on the menu—pumpkin coffees, pumpkin ales, pumpkin breads and more. Last year, Americans spent more than $300 million on pumpkin-flavored products, according to market research from Nielsen.


Governor proclaims October as Fall is for Planting Month

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe proclaims October as “Fall is for Planting Month” in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Click here to view the Governor’s Proclamation.


McAuliffe announces new specialty crop grants for Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced funding for 16 agriculture-related projects aimed at promoting and enhancing the competitiveness of Virginia’s specialty crops and creating more economic opportunities.


First Virginia horse in 2014 tests positive for West Nile Virus

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today announced 2014’s first positive case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a horse. The horse, an eight-year-old Paint Gelding, is from Augusta County.


First case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a Virginia horse this year

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has confirmed the first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a horse this year.


Ginseng harvest season has begun

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announces the opening of the wild ginseng harvest season.


September is Food Safety Month

September is Food Safety Month and a great time to remind consumers that most foodborne illnesses are caused by foods prepared in the home.