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Agriculture is Virginia’s biggest industry and June 13-19 is Va. Agriculture Week

Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation declaring June 13–19 as Virginia Agriculture Week to recognize and celebrate the many contributions of the Commonwealth’s agricultural community. The Governor, First Lady, and Northam Administration officials will visit sites throughout Virginia to highlight the economic impact of the agriculture industry and the role of farmers and agribusinesses.

Hurricane season begins June 1; get prepared for storm emergencies

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, predict a 60% chance of above-normal activity this season. However, experts do not anticipate the historic level of storm activity seen in 2020.

Notorious Pest Spotted Lanternfly detected in Prince William County

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) reports it has detected Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) (Lycorma delicatula) in Prince William County, Virginia, according to Michael Wallace, public information officer. The isolated SLF detection included egg masses and nymphs at one site within the county. SLF has also been found in the city of Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick and Warren, which are all included in Virginia’s SLF quarantine. At this time, Prince William County has not been included in the SLF quarantine.

Virtual trade show series April 15 and April 22 to feature Virginia’s Finest Producers

A Manassas-based company, Bakefully Yours, will be among vendors featured April 15 and April 22 during the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' (VDACS) Virginia’s Finest Specialty Food and Beverage Virtual Trade Show Series.

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.

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