Established in 1877, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) promotes the economic growth and development of Virginia agriculture, provides consumer protection and encourages environmental stewardship. The agency is headquartered in Richmond and has several field offices, four regional diagnostic animal health laboratories and a global network of representatives promoting Virginia products internationally.
The Commissioner’s Office establishes the executive direction and philosophy for operation of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in order to support the programs, initiatives, and direction of the Governor’s Office and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. The Commissioner’s Office provides leadership in the planning, development and implementation of state agricultural and consumer policy initiatives and programs. The office ensures that program services are focused on meeting customer needs and effectively carried out within the limit of budgeted resources. In addition, the office supports the agency-wide strategic planning process to ensure that all programs are working toward achievement of common goals and objectives through the Strategic Management Team.