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Adams named commissioner of agriculture and consumer services

newspaperGov. Terry McAuliffe has appointed Sandra J. “Sandy” Adams commissioner of the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Adams most recently served as acting commissioner of that agency. She succeeds former commissioner Matt Lohr, who resigned in late 2013, and she previously served for three-and-a-half years as VDACS deputy commissioner. She will be responsible for the agency’s efforts to promote economic growth and development of agriculture, provide consumer protection and encourage environmental stewardship.

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation President Wayne F. Pryor welcomed Adams’ appointment. “We look forward to working with Commissioner Adams,” Pryor said. “She’s thoroughly versed in VDACS’ mission and the important services it provides Virginians on farms and from many walks of life.”

Prior to serving as deputy VDACS commissioner, Adams served for 10 years as the agency’s director of administrative and financial services and for three years as its financial director. She also has held positions in the Virginia Department of Taxation.