Water and Land Use in Virginia State Government News Releases for November 15–21, 2014: Hops Processing Operation in Loudoun County; and Online Training for Required Shellfish Dealer Permits

Following are titles and short excerpts from water-related or land-use-related Virginia state government news releases for November 15—21, 2014 (as of 4 p.m. on Nov. 21).  To access the full text of any release, click on the release title; or, if that link doesn’t work, click on the Web address beside each agency name to go to that agency’s archive of releases.

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE – https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/news-releases/

First Mid-Atlantic Commercial Hops Processing Operation/Loudoun County’s Black Hops Farm To Become Largest Hopsyard and Processing Facility in Commonwealth, 11/21/14. Excerpt: “Black Hops Farm, LLC will initially convert 15 acres of former pasture land into a hopsyard and build a new processing facility, thus becoming the largest hopsyard in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic’s first commercial-scale hops production and processing facility.  … The company, providing important hops processing services for the entire region, will invest about $1 million, create 11 new jobs in Loudoun County, and source more than 60 percent of their hops from Virginia over the next three years.  The Commonwealth of Virginia is partnering with Loudoun County and Black Hops Farm on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID).”

DEPT. OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION – http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/pr_relz.shtml#prarch
None during this period.

DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY – http://www.deq.virginia.gov/ConnectWithDEQ/NewsReleases.aspx
None during this period.

DEPT. OF FORESTRY – http://www.dof.virginia.gov/news/releases/index.htm
None during this period.

DEPT. OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES – http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/news/
None during this period.

DEPT. OF HEALTHhttp://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/PressReleases/2014/index.htm
None during this period, but see Health Department-related news item under Marine Resources Commission, directly below.

MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION – http://www.mrc.virginia.gov/whatsnew.shtm
“VDH announces online training for shellfish dealers,” 11/19/14 [link to Training Announcement PDF]. Excerpt: “The training is mandatory for dealers to obtain 2015 VDH [Virginia Department of Health] shellfish permits.”

DEPT. OF MINES, MINERALS AND ENERGY – http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DMME/Newsroom.shtml
None during this period.

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