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Read, follow the pesticide label: It’s serious business, and it’s the law

The instructions and related precautions that appear on the pesticide label are intended to protect the user, other people, animals and the surrounding environment by minimizing the potential risk of exposure to the pesticide.


Tips for staying safe this Fourth of July weekend

We have a special weekend coming up in the USA. The Fourth of July is a great reason to get out the grill and invite family, friends and neighbors for a picnic. Just be careful you don’t invite an unwanted guest: foodborne illness.


Time for some fresh Virginia peaches

Virginians looking for the perfect peach to sweeten their summer won’t have to wait much longer. According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the state’s peach season has started with the first early varieties.


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Virginia companies exhibiting at Fancy Food Show in New York

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is hosting a Virginia Pavilion at the Summer Fancy Food Show, June 29–July 1, 2014, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.


Hurricane season: Be prepared to move pets

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) reminds pet owners to think now about how to care for their pets during a hurricane or summer storm.


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Adams named commissioner of agriculture and consumer services

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


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Lessons for horse owners from recent EHM case

Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), says Virginia was fortunate with the recent case of EHM in April.


Report shows the importance of dairy in Virginia

With a reminder that milk is the official beverage of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed June as Dairy Month in the Commonwealth.


VDACS kicks off program promoting Virginia farmers markets

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend and peak farmers market season, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announces the 2014 “Farm. Fresh. Pledge!” program.


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When grilling or dining al fresco, remember basic food safety

While you’re grilling a Virginia beef burger or picnicking with farm-fresh produce, be sure to celebrate Memorial Day and other summer events safely.


Strawberry season off to sweet start in Virginia

Virginia strawberry growers anticipate a strong season despite challenging weather across the state. At many farms, cool weather delayed this year’s strawberry crop by one to three weeks. But these strawberries will be worth the wait.


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Governor McAuliffe proclaims May as Beef Month in Virginia

As the weather gets warmer, Virginians are firing up their grills for juicy burgers and mouth-watering steaks. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe acknowledges this all-American tradition and proclaims May 2014 as “Beef Month” in Virginia.


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Farmers Market season under way in Virginia

Looking for the freshest, most delicious locally grown products available? One of the best ways to enjoy the bounty of Virginia’s spring, summer and fall is to shop at one of the state’s many farmers markets.


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Equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy confirmed in Virginia horse

Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), announced on Friday that a horse in Virginia has been confirmed positive for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), a neurological disease of horses caused by Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).


Gardeners can take simple actions to prevent spread of invasive species

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services urges residents to help stop the threat that invasive plants and pests pose to the state’s agricultural and natural resources.


First case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) just reported in Virginia

Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), announced Tuesday that Virginia has just received laboratory confirmation of its first case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED).


Virginia’s Finest marks 25 years

Gov. Terry McAuliffe today announced that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Virginia’s Finest® program. Developed in 1989 by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the program identifies, differentiates and promotes top-quality agriculture and specialty food and beverage products.


Things you can learn about agriculture in a first-grade classroom

Although I had the advantage of understanding where food comes, when I came to work for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) 18 years ago, I realized I didn’t fully understand the complexity, diversity and far-ranging economic importance of Virginia’s largest industry, agriculture.


Preserving farmland benefits all Virginians

The Shenandoah Valley farm where Jim and Annette Fitzsimmons live has been producing food since the 1700s. And while they don’t farm it themselves anymore, it’s leased to a local farmer, and the property is in the local land use assessment program, meaning it is dedicated to agricultural use.


Value of production on Virginia farms up almost $1 billion

Virginia farms saw a dramatic increase in both the market value of production and the average value of products sold per farm according to the preliminary results of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census of Agriculture.


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Warning to consumers not to eat cheeses made by Roos Foods due to possible health risk

Food safety specialists from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and personnel from the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratories have detected Listeria monocytogenes in cheese produced by Roos Foods.


Gov. Terry McAuliffe announces nearly $600,000 in USDA Specialty Crop Grants available

Gov. Terry McAuliffe this week announced that the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is accepting applications for USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Specialty Crop Block Grant funding.


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Gov. Terry McAuliffe to Conference on Agricultural Trade March 6-7 in Richmond

Governor Terry McAuliffe will co-host the sixth annual 7, 2014 at the Richmond Marriot Hotel. day conference, entitled “Connecting the World to Virginia’s Farms and Forests,” is co-hosted by Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), Virginia Farm Bureau Federation and the Virginia Port Authority (VPA).


Game plan for a safe Super Bowl

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services wants you to have a safe Super Bowl XLVIII party—safe food, that is.


Virginia Agriculture: Showing Virginia agriculture’s innovative side

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) unveiled this week the second edition of Virginia Agriculture, an annual magazine devoted to the Commonwealth’s number one industry.


Gov. McAuliffe announces more than $1 Million in farmland preservation grants

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Tuesday the recipients of fiscal year 2014 farmland preservation grants. Eight localities have been awarded just over $1,058,000 from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).


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, Jan. 19-21, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.


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VDACS commissioner says farewell

It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly four years since I was given the tremendous opportunity to serve as Virginia’s 14th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Teaming up with Gov. Bob McDonnell and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore to help lead the Commonwealth’s number one industry has truly been one of the greatest experiences of my life.


What a real Virginia Christmas tree has that the mall trees don’t

Christmas trees are up in many retail outlets already, but somehow something is missing. Artificial mall trees have their purpose, but when it comes to your home and that woodsy, fresh air smell that takes you back to your childhood, well, the artificial trees just don’t cut it.


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Matt Lohr leaving state post for Farm Credit of the Virginias

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Comissioner Matt Lohr announced today that he will be leaving the agency in early December to begin a new position as director of the Farm Credit of the Virginias Knowledge Center in Harrisonburg.