Agency Information

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) promotes the economic growth and development of Virginia agriculture, encourages environmental stewardship, and provides consumer protection. VDACS is responsible for approximately 60 state laws and 70 regulations and includes the Division of Animal and Food Industry Services, Division of Charitable Gaming, Division of Consumer Protection, and the Division of Marketing. For more information, click on the VDACS logo to go to their website.

Agency Head: Dr. Jewel H. Bronaugh

Dr. Jewel H. Bronaugh is the 16th Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Dr. Bronaugh previously served as the Executive Director of the Center of Agriculture Research, Engagement and Outreach (CAREO) and the Dean of the College of Agriculture at Virginia State University, and as Virginia's State Executive Director for the USDA/ Farm Service Agency.

The Department of Forestry (DOF) is responsible for the protection of 15.8 million acres of forest land from fire, insects, and disease; management of forests and other state lands; and public assistance through professional forestry advice and technical management programs. Forestland provides 60 percent of the land cover in the Commonwealth. For more information, click on the DOF logo to go to their website.

Agency Head: Rob Farrell

Rob Farrell was appointed State Forester of Virginia by Governor Ralph Northam in January 2018.  Prior to this, he served as the Deputy State Forester for the past five years and he has been with the agency since 2000.  Prior to the VDOF, Rob worked as an arborist and urban forester in Maryland and Virginia.  He is a Certified Arborist and has a B.S. and M.S. in Forestry from Virginia Tech.

The Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) is responsible for the oversight and ensuring the safety and health of Virginia‚Äôs horse racing industry, as well as monitoring pari-mutuel wagering in the Commonwealth.

Agency Head: David Lermond
 
David Lermond has been with the Virginia Racing Commission for 15 years and has served as its Executive Secretary for the last three. Prior to that, he served as the Commission's Deputy Executive Secretary and Fiscal Officer and is also an accredited Steward/Judge by the Racing Officials Accreditation Program which allowed him to perform the duties as a Steward for Thoroughbred racing and a Judge for Standardbred racing in the Commonwealth. Mr. Lermond was the Director of Simulcasting at Delaware Park Racetrack for ten years before accepting his position with the Virginia Racing Commission, giving him a total of over 25 years of experience working within the horse racing industry.

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Governor Northam Leads International Trade and Marketing Mission to Israel and United Arab Emirates
Governor Ralph Northam will lead a six-day international trade and marketing mission to Israel and the United Arab Emirates from November 15–21, 2019. The Governor will be accompanied by Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring, as well as representatives from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia Israel Advisory Board.
Governor Northam Kicks Off Virginia Cider Week with Ribbon-Cutting in Albemarle County
Governor Ralph Northam today kicked off Virginia Cider Week at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for long-time Albemarle County producer Potter’s Craft Cider’s new tasting room.
Governor Northam Announces First Ever International Trade Strategic Plan for Commonwealth of Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the first ever comprehensive International Trade Strategic Plan for Virginia. The plan lays out an aggressive goal to expand the Commonwealth’s international trade output by 50 percent over the next 15 years, increasing Virginia’s position from 41st in exports per capita to the top 20 states for exports per capita by 2035.
Governor Northam Announces New Jobs, Investment in the City of Franklin
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Hubbard Peanut Company, Inc. (Hubs) will invest $1.6 million to establish a new operation in the City of Franklin. The company will create ten new jobs, increase their purchase of Virginia-grown peanuts by a third, and lead to additional investments in their Sedley facility. The project will locate in a former grocery store, helping revitalize a shopping center complex along the City’s main commercial corridor. The property is also part of a revenue-sharing agreement between the City of Franklin and Southampton County.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s First Commercial Hemp Fiber Processor Locating in Wythe County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth’s first commercial industrial hemp fiber processing facility will locate in Wythe County. Vitality Farms, LLC, operating as Appalachian Biomass Processing, will invest $894,000, create 13 new jobs, and plans to purchase more than 6,000 tons of Virginia-grown industrial hemp over the next three years, at a value of more than $1 million. In March, Governor Northam signed legislation that was unanimously passed by the General Assembly to legalize the commercial growing and processing of industrial hemp by conforming Virginia law to the 2018 Federal Farm Bill. This is the first economic development announcement for Virginia’s industrial hemp industry.
Governor Northam Announces New Wine Production Facility Locating in Nelson County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia Sparkling Company will invest $590,000 and create six new jobs to establish a new sparkling wine production facility in Nelson County. The company will source exclusively from Virginia and is committing to purchase 168 tons of Virginia grapes over the next three years. This facility will be an important new asset for Virginia’s craft beverage industry, providing partner wineries a new high-quality product for engaging their customers.
Governor Northam Announces Start of Fall Wildfire Season in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the start of fall wildfire season in Virginia, which runs from October 15 through November 30 each year. The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF), Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), and Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) have been ramping up for what could be one of the most severe fire seasons in many years.
Governor Northam Dedicates New State Forest in Rockingham County
Governor Ralph Northam today dedicated First Mountain State Forest in Rockingham County, the Commonwealth’s newest state forest, and joined the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Virginia’s state forests. A gift of 588 acres in Prince Edward County, near Farmville, to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1919 by Mr. Emmett D. Gallion marked the beginning of Virginia’s state forest system. First Mountain is the 25th state forest in Virginia.
Virginia First Lady Promotes Farm to School Week
Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam is encouraging schools and communities to participate in Virginia Farm to School Week from October 7–11, including the annual “Crunch Heard ‘Round the Commonwealth” on October 9. Farm to School Week promotes programs that connect students to local farmers and producers through the food they consume in schools and summer feeding programs.
Governor Northam Announces 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Recipients
Governor Ralph Northam today announced an award of $541,467 in grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for ten agriculture-related projects. The project awards resulted from a competitive grant process established by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) for the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant funds.
Governor Northam Announces 31st Annual October Virginia Wine Month
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the official start of the 31st Annual October Virginia Wine Month, celebrating the growth of Virginia’s wine industry and the unique character of the Commonwealth’s wines. The oldest wine month in the country, dating back to 1988, the celebration of Virginia Wine Month in October marks when winemakers traditionally harvest grapes off the vine and prepare their next vintages. As part of the month-long festivities, the Virginia Wine Board will launch Harvest Parties across the Commonwealth on October 19, 2019 to celebrate the richness of Virginia’s ten wine regions.
Governor Northam Announces Major Sawmill Expansions in Henry and Westmoreland Counties
At events in Martinsville and Kinsale, Governor Ralph Northam today announced that British Columbia-based Teal-Jones Group is investing a total of $31.75 million to expand sawmill and dry kiln operations at two recently acquired lumber mills in Virginia. At Pine Products Inc. in Henry County, the company will invest $21 million and create 67 new jobs and at Potomac Supply, LLC in Westmoreland County, the company will invest $10.75 million and create 59 new jobs. Virginia successfully competed with Oklahoma and Washington for the projects, which will include new equipment and updates to the facilities. The company is committing to source 100 percent of its net new timber purchases from the Commonwealth, which over the next four years is expected to top $100 million.
Governor Northam Announces FeedVA Website to Help Combat Childhood Hunger, Strengthen Local Food Systems
As the Commonwealth marks the third annual Feed Virginia Day of Action, Governor Ralph Northam and his administration’s Children’s Cabinet today announced the launch of FeedVA.org, an interactive tool to connect partners, share resources, and accelerate efforts to help end childhood hunger in Virginia and strengthen local food systems. The FeedVA website includes a comprehensive collection of statewide and localized data and resources related to food security, school nutrition, health outcomes, local food access, and more.
Governor Northam Cuts Ribbon on Major New Cold Storage Facility in Rockingham County
Governor Ralph Northam today celebrated the grand opening of a major new cold storage facility by third-party logistics provider and developer, InterChange Cold Storage, LLC, during a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Rockingham County-based company’s 250,000-square-foot state-of-the-art cold storage and blast-freezing operation is the largest such facility to be built in the region in over 20 years.
Governor Northam Announces Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund Planning Grant Awarded to Russell County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that a planning grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund has been awarded to Russell County to study bringing a meat processing facility to the county. The feasibility study, which will be conducted by Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development, will include a market analysis and business plan for a new facility serving area livestock producers. This project is part of a larger effort by Russell County to diversify its economic base and to develop a Regional Agricultural Industrial Park.
Governor Northam Announces Virginia Farmland Preservation Fund Surpasses 100 Conservation Easements
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that more than 100 conservation easements for working farms and forests have been secured through the Virginia Farmland Preservation Fund. By providing matching funds to support local Purchase of Development Rights programs, the Fund enhances the viability of Virginia agriculture and forestry by empowering individual localities to limit development on the farmland and forestland that each community has deemed a priority for conservation. The Governor visited Messick’s Farm Market to celebrate this achievement and has also issued a proclamation to commemorate the major milestone.
Governor Northam Announces Release of Virginia’s Final Chesapeake Bay Restoration Plan
Governor Ralph Northam today released the final restoration plan for Virginia’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal rivers. The clean-up plan, referred to as the Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), will guide local, state, and federal actions through 2025 and is designed to meet the Commonwealth’s commitments to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution and restore the health of the Bay and its tributaries.
Commonwealth of Virginia and The Nature Conservancy Partner to Permanently Protect 22,856 Acres in Southwest Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a partnership between The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF), and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to permanently protect 22,856 acres of forest land in Russell County in southwest Virginia through the largest open space easement ever recorded in the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces Jobs, Investment in Bedford County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Legacy Cider will invest $300,000 to establish a new hard cider production facility in Bedford County. Located on-site with the owners’ craft brewery Apocalypse Ale Works, the addition will also include improvements to the existing taproom and biergarten. Over the next three years, Legacy Cider will create five new jobs and purchase $146,000, or 12,150 bushels, of Virginia-grown apples, 100 percent of anticipated agricultural purchases.
Governor Northam Declares August Smokey Bear Awareness Month in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation designating August 2019 as Smokey Bear Awareness Month, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign and reminding Virginians of their role in protecting the Commonwealth’s forestland. In Virginia, 95 percent of wildfires are started from human activity, and more than half are caused by people burning trash and yard debris.
Governor Northam Announces New Jobs, Investment in Sussex County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Three Brothers Distillery will create four new jobs and invest $232,500 to more than quadruple current production in Sussex County. This expansion comes on the heels of the distillery’s recent appearance on the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners: Whiskey Business” series. Three Brothers Distillery uses 100 percent Virginia-grown corn, rye, and barley to produce small-batch gin and whiskey. The company has committed to purchase an additional 114,000 pounds of Virginia-grown products over the next three years in order to increase production from 500 to 4,000 proof gallons per year.
Governor Northam Announces Launch of James River Buffer Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of the James River Buffer Program, a partnership between the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) and the James River Association (JRA) to establish over 900 acres of “riparian forested buffers” in the Middle James region of the river. This initiative to restore river and streamside forest buffers springs from the Virginia Environmental Endowment’s (VEE) James River Water Quality Improvement Program grant awarded to VDOF ($750,000) and the JRA ($1.45 million).
Governor Northam Announces Installation of New Solar Facility at Virginia Department of Forestry
Governor Northam today announced the installation of a new 120 kilowatt rooftop solar facility at the Virginia Department of Forestry’s (VDOF) headquarters that will offset energy usage and energy costs for the agency. Governor Northam made the announcement at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the project that was held at the building located in Charlottesville.
Governor Northam Announces Record $73 Million in Funding for Improved Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the availability of $73 million to protect water and soil health through the Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program, which represents the largest-ever investment of state funding to assist farmers implementing conservation practices. The program has been updated to provide greater flexibility and reduce barriers to farmer participation.
Governor Northam Announces New Jobs, Investment in Isle of Wight County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that M&M Milling will create 15 new jobs and invest $2.3 million to establish a new milling facility in Isle of Wight County. The facility will purchase Virginia-grown shelled corn, grind it into fine flour to mix with other materials for use as a stabilizer, extender, and colorant in the glue used in the manufacture of plywood. Over the next three years, the company is committing to purchase at least $2.3 million, or 575,000 bushels, of Virginia-grown corn, 100 percent of all expected agricultural purchases.
Governor Northam Announces New International Partnerships for Virginia Distilleries
During a trade and marketing mission to Europe, Governor Ralph Northam today announced new distribution partnerships for two Virginia craft distilleries, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company and Reservoir Distillery. The Office of International Marketing at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) supported Virginia company participation at a major international trade event for the bar and spirits industry where the two Virginia producers met their new distribution partners.
Governor Northam Leads International Trade and Marketing Mission to France and Germany
Governor Ralph Northam will lead a five-day international trade and marketing mission to France and Germany from June 15–20, 2019. The Governor will be accompanied by Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring, as well as representatives from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Virginia Tourism Corporation.
Governor Northam Designates May 19–25 as Virginia Agriculture Week
Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation declaring the week of May 19–25, 2019 as Virginia Agriculture Week in the Commonwealth. Throughout the week, the Governor and members of Northam administration will visit sites across Virginia highlighting a variety of farming operations, agriculture research and technology, local food systems, and agribusinesses, as well as the agricultural sector’s enormous economic impact in the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces First Craft Cidery in City of Alexandria
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Lost Boy Cider will invest more than $668,000 to renovate a nearly 6,000-square-foot warehouse space for a new hard cider production facility and tasting room. The company will produce a variety of traditional and innovative hard ciders, sourcing 100 percent of its apples from Virginia. With several apple trees on site, Lost Boy Cider will become the City’s first Virginia Farm Winery-licensed production facility, creating an exciting new amenity for residents and tourists seeking an authentic Virginia craft beverage experience.
Governor Northam Declares May as Business Appreciation Month
Governor Ralph Northam today issued a proclamation designating May as Business Appreciation Month in Virginia. Throughout the month, the Governor and members of his administration will visit companies and attend events in each region of the Commonwealth to highlight the diversity and importance of Virginia’s robust business community.
Governor Northam Announces Major Expansion by New Kent Winery
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that New Kent Winery will invest $715,000 and create seven new jobs to expand its operations in New Kent County. This is both the first economic development announcement in New Kent County and the first Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) facility grant awarded to the county since Governor Northam took office.
Governor Northam Celebrates Significant Milestone for Economic Development in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia has secured over $15.8 billion of capital investment since he took office on January 13, 2018. The capital investment represents over 300 economic development projects in every region of the Commonwealth and has led to the creation of more than 48,000 jobs. Over $2 billion of this investment and more than 7,500 new jobs are in distressed communities, in which the unemployment or poverty rates are above the statewide average.
Governor Northam Announces 45 New Jobs in Bath County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Speyside Bourbon Stave Mill in Virginia, Inc., a manufacturer of white oak staves and headers for bourbon barrels, will invest $114,000 to expand its manufacturing facility in Bath County. The company will add new equipment and a second shift to the operation, creating 45 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Launch of ConserveVirginia
Governor Ralph Northam has officially launched ConserveVirginia, Virginia’s first in the nation, data-driven, statewide, land conservation strategy that identifies high value lands and conservation sites across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia First Lady Announces Farm-to-School Goal, Connecting Schools to Virginia Growers
Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam, Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring are calling on the Commonwealth’s school nutrition programs to increase annual statewide local food purchases to at least $22 million by 2022. Mrs. Northam announced the goal last month in Hampton during the annual Virginia Farm-to-School Conference.
Governor Northam Celebrates Innovative Economic and Community Development Project in Middlesex County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Cook’s Corner Partners LLC will invest $2 million and create 20 new jobs to locate a new commissary kitchen and brewery in Middlesex County. This new private investment is a component of the larger Middlesex County Cook’s Corner innovative, multi-agency revitalization project.
Governor Northam Announces $1.2 Million Investment in Town of Warsaw
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Old Rappahannock Brewing Company, LLC will create 11 new jobs and invest over $1.2 million to open a new production facility and tasting room in the Town of Warsaw. The company will source more than 90 percent of the hops, wheat, oysters, and fruit used in its brews from Virginia. Old Rappahannock Brewing will be the first craft brewery in Richmond County and only the third in the region, creating an important new amenity for year-round residents and tourists.
Virginia’s Horton Vineyards Wins 2019 Governor’s Cup® with 2016 Petit Manseng
Governor Ralph Northam tonight awarded the Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) 2019 Governor’s Cup to Horton Vineyards for their 2016 Petit Manseng. The Governor’s Cup was awarded at the Governor’s Cup Gala, which took place Tuesday evening, February 26 at the Main Street Station in Richmond, Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces 11th Annual Conference on Agricultural Trade
Governor Ralph Northam will co-host the 11th Annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade with the Virginia Tech Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, and the Port of Virginia on March 5, 2019 at the Richmond Marriott Hotel. The one-day conference will bring together producers, agribusinesses, entrepreneurs, exporters, foreign ambassadors and government ministers, educational leadership, state and federal government officials, and many more to discuss challenges and opportunities for global agricultural exports.
Governor Northam Announces Grant to Assist Virginia Farmers and Food Producers Selling Directly to Buyers
Governor Ralph Northam today awarded a planning grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund to Augusta, Rockingham, and Shenandoah counties to support the development of an innovative local foods program and share the program with other communities. The AFID planning grant program helps localities engage and promote the agriculture industry by providing and expanding new market opportunities at the local and regional level. Shenandoah County is serving as the lead for this project, which leverages an AFID award of $11,885 with an additional $14,000 in local funds.
Governor Northam Announces $1.56 Million Investment in Albemarle County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Potter’s Craft Cider, LLC will invest $1.56 million to relocate and expand their existing hard cider production facility and add a tasting room. As a result of this expansion, the company will create 12 new jobs in Albemarle County and more than quadruple its cider production, while continuing to source 100 percent of its apples from Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces Over $600,000 in Farmland Preservation Grants
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the recipients of fiscal year 2019 farmland preservation grants. Six localities have been awarded a total of $633,831 from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (VDACS) Office of Farmland Preservation. The funds will be used to permanently preserve working farmland through local Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) programs. PDR programs compensate landowners who work with localities to preserve their land permanently by voluntarily securing a perpetual conservation easement.
Governor Northam Announces $75.7 Million Investment in Southampton County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Enviva Partners, LP, a global energy company specializing in sustainable wood biomass, will invest at least $75.7 million to expand its operation in Southampton, Virginia. In addition to increasing wood pellet production by a third to approximately 750 thousand metric tons per year (MTPY), the expansion will allow for the processing of sustainably sourced pine at the existing facility, significantly augmenting the company’s usage of fiber (or raw material) from Virginia forests. Virginia successfully competed with multiple Mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast states for the project.
Governor Northam Announces New Winery in Gloucester County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Zoll Vineyards will create 14 new jobs and invest over $436,000 to open a new farm-to-table winery in Gloucester County. Located in the small community of Dutton, Zoll Vineyards will become only the second winery on Virginia’s Middle Peninsula, and the only one in its eastern region.
Governor Northam, Administration Officials Praise Bipartisan Approval of Federal Farm Bill
Governor Ralph Northam, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring, and Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew J. Strickler today applauded Congressional approval of the federal Farm Bill, which recently passed the United States House and Senate with strong bipartisan support.
Governor Northam Proposes Major Investments to Protect Virginia’s Water Quality and Accelerate Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
Governor Ralph Northam today announced his proposed budget will feature major investments in the protection of Virginia’s natural resources, the first installment of a historic commitment to water quality needs and consistent clean water funding. The governor’s funding strategy would accelerate Virginia’s progress towards its 2025 targets for reduction in the Chesapeake Bay and ensure that the Commonwealth meets its cleanup goals.
Governor Northam Announces Department of Forestry to Receive Federal Grant to Assist in Water Quality Efforts
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is providing a grant of $850,000 for a regional multi-state proposal led by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for water quality efforts in several localities within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) and Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), in cooperation with other key partners such as local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, will lead these efforts in the Shenandoah Valley through riparian forest buffers and other innovative livestock stream exclusion practices.
Governor Northam Announces Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund Planning Grant Awarded to Shenandoah County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a grant for Shenandoah County from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund to help develop a new economic development strategic plan. The AFID planning grant program incentivizes local governments to promote agriculture and forestry and incorporate the needs of these industries into their overall economic development efforts. The $10,000 award leverages an additional $25,000 in local funds needed to complete the robust new plan.
Governor Northam Announces New Commercial Bakery in Loudoun County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Little Austria, LLC will create five new jobs and invest over $371,000 to build a new commercial bakery in Sterling. The company, founded by Austrian-born Helene Gallent, has been operating out of the shared-use commercial kitchen ChefScape in Ashburn and selling at area farmers markets. Now, with the assistance of grants from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund and the Loudoun County Economic Development Authority, the company will open a new, standalone commercial bakery in Sterling enabling them to enter new retail and wholesale markets. Little Austria, which participates in the “Loudoun made, Loudoun grown” program, is committing to source apples from Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces 20 New Jobs in King and Queen County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Premier Tech, a global leader in the horticulture and agriculture sector, will invest $1.89 million to expand its peat moss and pine bark mixing and distribution facility in King and Queen County. The investment will enable the company to increase its production capacity and introduce new products to the East Coast market. Virginia successfully competed with Minnesota for this project, which will create 20 new jobs.
Governor Northam Announces 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grants for Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced an award of $556,321 in grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for ten Virginia agriculture-related projects. The project awards resulted from a competitive grant process established by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) for the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant funds.
Governor Northam Announces New Jobs, Investment in the City of Winchester
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Glaize & Brother Juice Company, LLC will invest over $1.03 million to build a new apple pressing operation in the City of Winchester. As a result of this investment, over the next three years Glaize & Brother Juice Company will create five new jobs and purchase 100 percent of its apples, 147,000 bushels, from Virginia growers.
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order Establishing Conservation Cabinet
Governor Ralph Northam today issued Executive Order Twenty Two, establishing the Governor’s Conservation Cabinet, a new initiative to better protect Virginia’s vulnerable natural resources and improve environmental quality across the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces Leading Peanut Processor to Expand Production in Southampton County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Hampton Farms, a division of Severn Peanut Company, Inc., will invest $5.735 million to install a bulk peanut butter production line at its peanut processing operation in Southampton County. As a result of this expansion, the company will create 14 new jobs and increase its already significant purchases of Virginia-grown peanuts by an additional $6 million, or 12 million pounds over the next three years.
Virginia Wine Celebrates 30th Annual “Virginia Wine Month” with Launch of New Brand
Today Governor Ralph Northam announced the 30th Annual October Virginia Wine Month, which kicks off this year with the unveiling of a new brand for Virginia Wine. The new look and feel aims to better tell the story of a diverse and rapidly evolving wine region and highlights how Virginia winemakers embrace their unique region.
Governor Northam Announces Major Expansion by Southampton County Peanut Processor
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Belmont Peanuts of Southampton, Inc. will invest over $2.5 million to build a new peanut processing, warehousing, and retail facility prominently located along Highway 58. As a result of this expansion, Belmont Peanuts will create fifteen new jobs, grow their purchases of Virginia-grown peanuts by 30 percent and create a new tourism destination for Southampton County.
Governor Northam Announces Expansion by Henry County Farm Brewery
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Mountain Valley Brewing will invest $174,000 and create five new jobs to more than double production, sourcing over 65 percent of its agricultural inputs from Virginia farmers.
Governor Northam Announces Major Expansion by Fairfax County Winery
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that The Winery at Bull Run will invest $1.7 million, create 38 new jobs, and double production of its award-winning wines, which are made using only Virginia-grown grapes. The winery, which opened in 2012 on 225 acres adjacent to the Manassas National Battlefield Park, also produces grapes on site and at its 40-acre vineyard in Rappahannock County.
Governor Northam Announces $41.6 Million Investment, 88 New Jobs in Rockingham County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that InterChange Cold Storage, LLC will create 88 new jobs and invest $41.6 million in Rockingham County to build a 250,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art cold storage and blast freezing facility. The company, owned by Rockingham County-based third-party logistics provider InterChange Group, Inc., will provide cold-chain warehousing and value-added services to the region’s food and beverage manufacturers.
Governor Northam Announces Southwest Virginia’s First Cidery Locating in Downtown Norton
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Sugar Hill Cidery, LLC will locate a new hard cider production facility and restaurant in the city of Norton’s revitalizing downtown. The cidery is a sister company of Sugar Hill Brewing Company, LLC, a craft brewery and restaurant operating in downtown St. Paul.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces Speyside Bourbon Cooperage to Establish Operations in Smyth and Washington Counties
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, Inc. will invest $26 million to establish a bourbon barrel cooperage in Smyth County and $9 million in a new stave mill facility in Washington County. The stave mill will supply the company’s new Smyth County cooperage, and the two operations will ramp up simultaneously. Virginia successfully competed against West Virginia for the projects, which will create 125 new jobs in Smyth County and 35 new jobs in Washington County.
Governor Northam Announces New UK Distribution Partnership for Virginia Craft Brewery
LONDON—During a trade and marketing mission to Europe, Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new UK distribution partnership for Port City Brewing Company, resulting in new international sales for the Alexandria brewery. The partnership with American Craft Beer Company, a UK-based representative of craft breweries from the United States, will bring Port City beer to the United Kingdom for the first time.
Governor Northam Leads International Trade and Marketing Mission to Europe
Governor Ralph Northam will lead a five-day international trade and marketing mission to Europe from July 15–20, 2018. The Governor will be accompanied by First Lady Pamela Northam, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball, and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring, as well as representatives from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Virginia Tourism Corporation.
Governor Northam Announces 50 New Jobs, $3.76 Million Investment in Scott County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Mountain Top Timber Products, LLC will invest $3.76 million into a long-abandoned industrial building in the Town of Dungannon. The project will expand the company’s wood chipping operations and add a new sawmill and dry kiln capacity.
Governor Northam Announces New Meadery in the City of Hopewell
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Haley’s Honey Meadery, LLC, a producer of honey wine, is opening a new Virginia farm winery licensed facility in the City of Hopewell’s revitalizing downtown. Over the next three years, the project will create four new jobs, bring an additional $85,000 in new investment to a renovated historic commercial building, and purchase almost $120,000 in Virginia-sourced honey.
Governor Northam Announces Opening of Weekly Farmers Market on Capitol Square
Governor Northam announced today the opening of a weekly farmers market on Capitol Square as part of the OnTheSquareVA state employee engagement initiative.
First Lady Pamela Northam Launches New Early Childhood Education Initiative
First Lady Pamela Northam today announced a new initiative to bolster early childhood education in Virginia and improve student outcomes for youth across the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces $2.45 Million Expansion, 60 New Jobs in Orange County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Homestead Building Systems, Inc. will invest $2,450,000 to expand its production operation and create 60 new jobs in Orange County.
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Designates May 6 – 12 as Virginia Public Service Week
Governor Ralph Northam has proclaimed the week of May 6 – 12, 2018 as Public Service Week in Virginia to celebrate the commitment and dedication of 713,000 individuals who serve the Commonwealth in federal, state and local jobs.
Governor Northam Announces Agribusiness Expansion, New Jobs in Gloucester County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Whitley Peanut Factory, Inc., a Virginia’s Finest Company since 1992, will invest nearly $530,000 to expand its operation in Gloucester County.
Governor Northam Announces New, Innovative Land Conservation Strategy
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new land conservation strategy that will focus resources on preserving lands with the highest conservation value for the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam Announces New Commercial Bakery in the City of Virginia Beach
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Commune Bakery LLC will create five new jobs and invest $163,000 in the City of Virginia Beach to create new commercial bakery.
Governor Northam Announces King Family Vineyards’ 2014 Meritage As the 2018 Governor’s Cup Winner
Governor Ralph Northam tonight awarded the 2018 Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) Governor's Cup to King Family Vineyards for its 2014 Meritage. Like all wines entered in the competition it is made from 100 percent Virginia fruit.
Governor Northam Announces New Jobs, Investment in Rockingham County
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Old Hill Cider will expand operations at the company’s hard cidery in Rockingham County, creating five new jobs and $500,000 in new capital investment. The cidery, co-located with Showalter’s Orchard &
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor Northam Announces $440,000 in USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants Available for Virginia Agricultural Interests
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that groups seeking to improve the competitiveness of specialty crops in Virginia are eligible to submit proposals for grants up to $60,000 per project. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Governor Northam Announces New Jobs, Investment in Franklin County
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Chaos Mountain Brewing, LLC will create five new jobs and invest $250,000 at the company’s craft brewery in Franklin County. The company will add new production capacity and packaging equipment to meet
Governor Northam to Co-Host 10th Annual Conference on Agricultural Trade March 5 in Richmond
Governor Ralph Northam will co-host the 10th Annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade on March 5, 2018 at 12:00 PM at the Richmond Marriott Hotel. The two-day conference is co-hosted by Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural and
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor-elect Ralph Northam today announced key appointments for senior leadership positions within his administration.
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor-elect Ralph Northam today announced his selections for Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and Secretary of Natural Resources.