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Mark Pollinator Week: One of every three bites of food you eat is made possible by pollinators

Honey bees are invaluable to the health of the U.S. agricultural economy as they enable the production of at least 90 commercially grown crops in the nation. In Virginia, honeybees are essential pollinators for about one-third of the state’s fruit and vegetable crops. That is why Governor Ralph S. Northam declared June 17-23 as Virginia Pollinator Week. Without adequate pollination, Virginia could experience a significant reduction in its harvest of apples, alfalfa, berries,cucumbers, melons, squash, peaches and pumpkins.”

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote

1919 was a historic year when it came to ensuring women’s right to vote. On May 21, 1919, the House of Representatives passed what would become the 19th amendment, and two weeks later, the Senate followed sending the proposed amendment to the states for ratification. In just over a year’s time, three-fourths of the states ratified the amendment and the Secretary of State certified the ratification, forever ensuring women would have the right to vote.

Traffic shift overnight April 11 for I-66 East in Arlington

Lanes will be shifting to right on bridge over Route 110 and George Washington Memorial Parkway ramps Thursday night, April 11.

Virginia launches first U.S. data-driven, statewide, land conservation strategy

Governor Ralph Northam has officially launched ConserveVirginia, a statewide, land conservation strategy that identifies high value lands and conservation sites in six categories.

Listening sessions scheduled on Virginia’s Dementia Plan for 2020-2024

Virginia Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission will hold listening sessions to hear from the public about the draft of its Dementia State Plan for 2020-2024. The closest session is April 11 in McLean.

Higher truck fees and I-81 area gas tax hike to produce funding for Interstate 81 improvements

Between an increase in Virginia's truck registration fees, and diesel and road tax rates to bring them "more in line" with those of the other states in the Interstate 81 corridor and a 2.1 percent increase in the regional motor fuels tax along the I-81 corridor, Gov. Ralph Northam identified funding for the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan. The funding plan also generates critical revenue for other interstates across the Commonwealth.

Va. game board passes ten-year elk management plan

The Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries passed the 10-year Virginia Elk Management Plan at its March 21 meeting. The plan covers from 2019 to 2028 and will guide the state game department’s management of a growing elk population.

Governor signs bills intended to strengthen and stabilize foster care system

Governor Ralph Northam today, March 27, ceremonially signed legislation to improve Virginia’s foster care system. Joined by a bipartisan group of legislators, government officials, and leaders from the business and faith communities, Governor Northam also helped kick off Virginia Fosters, a statewide campaign that empowers Virginians to be the solution for children, families, and workers in the Commonwealth’s child welfare system.

Twice a year vaccination protects horses from West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Spring has sprung in Virginia, and as temperatures rise, so does the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) encourages horse owners to talk to their veterinarians about vaccinating their horses.

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