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Photo of Matt Lohr, Commissioner of the Virginia Dept. of Ag and Consumer Services.Matt Lohr serves as Virginia’s 14th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  He was appointed to the position by Governor Bob McDonnell in May 2010. 

Raised on a century farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Matt has been passionate about the agricultural industry his entire life.  He was very active in the FFA organization where he served as state president and national vice president in the early 1990’s before graduating from Virginia Tech in 1995.  Matt and his family currently operate a 250 acre farm that includes commercial poultry, beef, row crops, and sweet corn.       

Matt has been deeply involved in the farm bureau organization, winning the American Farm Bureau “Excellence in Agriculture Award” in 2003.  He also served several years as his county farm bureau president and chaired both the Rockingham County Planning Commission and School Board.  From 2005 until 2010 Matt represented the 26th House District in the Virginia state legislature.  Matt was recently elected to serve as the president of SASDA, the southern regional association of state agriculture secretaries and commissioners. 

Matt has two children, ages 8 and 12, who love farm life and are developing their own passion for agriculture.  They all stay very busy with sports, 4-H, school events and numerous church activities.    

Meeting Notice

October 14, 2011

Commissioner's Column

August 19, 2013
It’s Not the Hand You’re Dealt, but How You Play It That Counts

July 10, 2013
If You Want to Prepare Your Children for Life, Try 4-H

June 4, 2013
Advice for Those of Us Who Spend Father’s Day at the Grill, Start with Fresh, Local Products

May 17, 2013
The Amazing Rise of Creative New Agribusiness Ventures

April 16, 2013
Things You May Not Know about Virginia’s Agricultural Exports

March 14, 2013
My Top 10 List of Misconceptions about Agriculture

A blog on the Commissioner's column on agricultural myths

March 14, 2013
My Top 10 List of Misconceptions about Agriculture

March 3, 2013
Smartphone Apps Helping with Farmers' Productivity
A video version of the Commissioner's column on social media

February 14, 2013
Technology on the Farm Now Fits in the Palm of Your Hand

January 9, 2013
What Are You Doing to Protect Your Family Farm?

~ You might begin by taking a deep look into your children’s eyes~

December 11, 2012
The Biggest Favor You Can Do For Agriculture in Five Years

November 21, 2012
A Turkey of a Thanksgiving

October 15, 2012
Small Ways You Can Protect Yourself and Your Family

September 21, 2012
Governor’s New Grant Fund Recognizes Unique Needs Of Ag-Based Businesses

August 15, 2012
Virginia State Fair Returns to Its Roots

July 12, 2012
Turning a Childhood Fascination with Farming into a Career

June 11, 2012
Large Farms or Small - Why Would We Choose?

May 14, 2012
Saluting Our Safe, Affordable and Ample Food Supply

April 13, 2012
Virginia Ham in China, Soybeans in Morocco, Apples in Cuba

March 14, 2012
Celebrating Virginia Agriculture and Agriculture Literacy Week in Style

February 10, 2012
A Presidential Beginning to Virginia Agriculture

January 11, 2012
Resolved: to Pay More Attention to Food Safety in 2012

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