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Mystery seeds appear in mail; public asked to report receiving any unsolicited packages of seeds

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) says it has been notified that several Virginia residents have received unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. The types of seeds in the packages are unknown at this time and may be invasive plant species. The packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on them.

Va. Cooperative Extension offers gardening advice remotely via Zoom starting April 23

Are you thinking about starting a garden but are unsure where to start? Virginia Cooperative Extension says it can help remotely.

SWIFT donates 100 Trees to City of Manassas to celebrate Earth Day

Four Manassas City parks and three Manassas City public schools will soon benefit from a donation of 100 lovely trees for residents and visitors to enjoy.

VDACS asks for residents’ help to stop invasive plants and pests from invading Virginia

April is National Invasive Plant, Pest and Disease Awareness Month and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is alerting residents about the threats that invasive species pose to the state’s agricultural and natural resources.

Updated guidance for farmers’ markets and more at VDACS website

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has posted new and updated guidance on the new COVID-19 Emergency Information Center website to help protect farmers, agribusinesses, employees and the public.

Wittman introduces bill for pilot grants to expand reliable broadband to 19 million rural Americans

Today, April 6, Virginia Congressman Rob Wittman, who represents part of Prince William County, and Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH-6), spurred by the Coronavirus Pandemic across America, introduced legislation to create a five-year pilot grant program to expand reliable broadband access to some 19 million rural Americans who are unable to connect to this service.

Gardening events canceled; VCE Master Gardeners to answer lawn & garden questions remotely

Prince William's Virginia Cooperative Extension Office's Environmental and Natural Resources staff and the Horticulture Help Desk staff are ready to answer your lawn and garden questions from a distance. Spring plant clinics, Saturdays in the Garden, Ask a Master Gardener service at plant sellers and farmers' markets as well as Earth Day events are canceled.

Resources for Va. farmers, consumers, grocery retailers and more for COVID-19

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently added a COVID-19 section to its website with information and guidance on current issues for farmers, consumers, agribusinesses, convenience stores and more at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov .

Your tax dollars at work - Consumer protection from Va. Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Establishments such as grocery stores, gas stations, garden centers, frozen dessert shops and bingo halls work with VDACS to ensure they follow laws and regulations intended to protect consumers.

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