VDACSVirginia Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services
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As a result of the quarantine's implementation, VDACS is no longer responsible for treating fire ant mounds in the quarantined cities and counties.
Since VDACS started its global network of trade representative offices in 2010, Virginia's agriculture and forestry exports have grown by 40 percent," said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Basil Gooden.
VDACS now has international trade offices in Canada, China, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, in addition to a full-time employee in Hong Kong.
VDACS awarded grants totaling $393,999 to the following recipients and projects:
VDACS does an outstanding job facilitating dialogue between foreign buyers and Virginia sellers and making sure our exporters have every opportunity to sell their products, said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore.
In addition to having one employee based in Hong Kong, the VDACS Office of International Marketing currently has representative offices providing services to Virginia farms, agribusinesses, and forestry products companies in Canada, Latin America, Europe, India, and China.
Achieving all of this would be very difficult without the knowledge and support of VDACS, and financial support from export promotion programs like those at both VDACS and VEDP.
I have worked with honey bees and other pollinators all of my life, added Keith Tignor, State Apiarist, VDACS.
Prior to his appointment as Secretary, Haymore served as VDACS Commissioner under former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine.