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Todd Haymore appointed Secretary of Commerce, Trade

Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore will become the next Secretary of Commerce and Trade in Virginia.


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Virginia Secretary of Agriculture, VDACS Commissioner to visit Rockingham County Fairgrounds Virginia Poultry Industry Center

Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Commissioner Sandy Adams, and Virginia Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Dr. Jewel E. Hairston will visit the Virginia Poultry Industry Center at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds Wednesday.


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.


Virginia leaders applaud Governor McAuliffe’s economic strategic plan

Virginia elected officials, business leaders and advocates from across the Commonwealth released statements today following Governor Terry McAuliffe unveiling his New Virginia Economic Strategic Plan.


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.


McAuliffe proclaims November as Virginia Oyster Month

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week that November is Virginia Oyster Month. Visitors and Virginians alike are encouraged to experience the fresh wild-caught and farm-raised oysters.


Stone Brewing Co. to establish operation in Richmond

Stone Brewing Co., the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States, will, pending city approvals next week, invest $74 million to construct a production brewery, packaging hall, destination restaurant, gardens, retail store and administrative offices in the City of Richmond.


McAuliffe announces October as Virginia Wine Month

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that October is Virginia Wine Month, offering visitors a chance to discover that Virginia is a wine destination unlike any other.


McAuliffe announces 75 new jobs in the City of Richmond

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday that Relay Foods will expand its Richmond fulfillment center to accommodate increased local demand for its products and to support the company’s entry into new markets.


McAuliffe announces creation of Virginia Oyster Trail

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the creation of the Virginia Oyster Trail, a major tourism development project connecting travelers to Virginia oyster purveyors, raw bars and restaurants, and the watermen culture throughout Coastal Virginia, the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Virginia’s Eastern Shore.


Relay Foods to add 25 jobs in Charlottesville

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today in the City of Charlottesville that Relay Foods (www.relayfoods.com) will expand its corporate headquarters and Charlottesville fulfillment center to accommodate increased local demand for its products and to support the company’s entry into new markets, including those beyond Virginia.


Results from 2012 Census of Agriculture reveal positive findings for Virginia

On May 2, the National Agricultural Statistics Service released final figures from the 2012 Census of Agriculture. These final results follow preliminary figures released by Governor McAuliffe on Feb, 24 indicating many growth areas in Virginia agriculture.


Gov. Terry McAuliffe announces 40 new jobs in Nottoway County

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today in the Town of Crewe that Trout River Dry Kiln, LLC will open a major hardwood kiln operation in Crewe, located in Nottoway County.


New Canadian trade office highlights export potential

Virginia is a key farm export state, with trade offices in eight locations around the world. The newest one opened last fall in Canada, which imported $205 million in Virginia farm products in 2012 and is Virginia’s second-largest export market behind China.


McAuliffe announces Haymore, Ward for Cabinet posts

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe announced on Thursday his selections of Todd Haymore for Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and Molly Ward for Secretary of Natural Resources, who will join a bipartisan group of members of the McAuliffe cabinet, focused on finding commonsense solutions to the issues facing Virginia’s communities and economy.


McDonnell announces ag development grant recipients

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today the recipients of the initial round of fiscal year 2014 planning grants from the planning grants program of the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID).


Administration announces ag, forestry initiatives

Gov. Bob McDonnell will propose legislation to preserve working farm and forest lands with the goal of preserving 400,000 acres of open space as a key plank to his agriculture and forestry initiatives for 2011. Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore unveiled McDonnell’s ag and forestry initiatives on Friday. In addition to the preservation […]


For New Year 2010, resolve to be a smarter consumer

   Column by Todd Haymore Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net As you’re kicking off your New Year’s resolutions, here’s something to put at the top of your list: remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. In my two-and-a-half years as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, […]


Two surprises in McDonnell appointments

Gov.-elect appoints former Bolling rival, Kaine holdover to Cabinet posts Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net A former political rival to Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and a holdover from the outgoing administration of Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine highlight the Cabinet appointments announced today by Republican Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell. McDonnell appointed Sean Connaughton, former chairman of the […]


Protecting consumers: A vital part of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Column by Todd Haymore The official name of the agency I lead is the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, also called VDACS. Agriculture is listed first in our name, but the consumer services section is by no means an afterthought. At VDACS, we take our obligation to consumers very seriously.