Monday, January 29, 2024

Governor Glenn Youngkin Announces Blue Catfish Processing Grant Award

Commonwealth of Virginia

Office of Governor Glenn Youngkin



Office of the Governor 

Contact: Christian Martinez 


Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 

Contact: Michael Wallace 



Sea Farms, Inc. 

Contact: Chris Sopko 


Governor Glenn Youngkin Announces Blue Catfish Processing Grant Award

Increased processing capacity will enable Sea Farms, Inc. to expand purchasing of blue catfish from local watermen

RICHMOND, VA – Governor Glenn Youngkin announced today that Sea Farms, Inc. is being awarded $250,000 through the inaugural funding of the Governor’s Blue Catfish Processing, Flash Freezing, and Infrastructure Grant Program. This reimbursable grant will support the expansion, modernization of equipment and storage space with a new blast freezer in the company’s existing processing facility in Gloucester County. Once complete, Sea Farms will purchase more blue catfish from local watermen, which supports economic growth and helps to remove the invasive species from Virginia waterways.  

“I am pleased that this innovative funding will help mitigate the impact of blue catfish on our coastal ecosystems and turn this delicious fish into an economic driver in Virginia’s coastal communities,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “The blue catfish has become abundant in Virginia waterways and this increased processing capacity will bring more catfish to markets and restaurant tables up and down the East Coast. I encourage all Virginians to give this nutritious fish a try.”  

“This grant funding will help to turn the invasive blue catfish into a valuable commercial seafood product. The award not only benefits Sea Farms, but also local watermen who currently limit their catch due to limited processing availability,” said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Matthew Lohr.  

Located in both Gloucester and Mathews counties, Sea Farms is a family-owned and operated aquaculture and seafood processing business that opened its doors in 1987. The company maintains an on-site aquaculture farm to grow oysters from larvae to maturity and operates a year-round shellfish facility for shucking and packaging shell oysters and clams. In addition, the seafood processing plant processes and distributes a variety of fish, including salmon, tuna, halibut, mahi, and swordfish. Sea Farms began processing wild-caught blue catfish in 2018 and is a certified USDA-approved catfish processor. Through its on-site distribution and logistics center, Sea Farms supplies products to local markets throughout Virginia and to entities along the East Coast.  

“This funding is crucial to the expansion of Sea Farms, as it will allow us to buy and sell larger quantities of blue catfish, hire additional employees, and support the local fishing community,” said Sea Farms Vice President of Operations Chris Sopko. “I would like to thank Governor Youngkin and his administration for this funding and support of Virginia’s seafood industry.” 

“I was happy to patron the funding proposal that made this grant opportunity available. I am delighted to see it go to good use to support the seafood industry and watermen in rural coastal Virginia and the entire Chesapeake Bay,” said Delegate Keith Hodges. 

“This investment will spark economic growth across Virginia's fishing communities, introducing a new commodity to the market, fostering increased investment, job opportunities, and a greater seafood supply for consumers.” said Senator Ryan McDougle. 

The Governor’s Blue Catfish Processing, Flash Freezing, and Infrastructure Grant Fund was established during the 2023 General Assembly session to address the overpopulation of the invasive blue catfish in the Chesapeake Bay. It is part of a larger effort by state agencies to combat a species wreaking havoc on Virginia’s ecosystems by incentivizing local watermen to catch and sell an abundant, inexpensive fish for consumer consumption. 

“Gloucester County Economic Development is pleased to support this grant award and we applaud Sea Farms, Inc. for their dedication to our waterways,” said Director Sherry Spring, Gloucester Economic Development. “Their commitment and partnership will make a positive impact in the communities surrounding the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.” 


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Friday, January 26, 2024

Update Week 3/ WLNI Radio/ Vote Trump/ Youngkin Veto Pen/ RIP Brother SEALs/ More

John McGuire

I'm Running for Congress to "Save America!"

Christian Conservative

(Father - Navy SEAL - Business Owner)

My WLNI Radio Lynchburg Interview
This week I was on WLNI Radio Lynchburg, The Morning Line show with Brian, Mary, and Biscuit the producer. We discussed my story, and why I am running for Congress against Bob Good. Click here to listen.
Early Vote Now for Trump
This past weekend, I was honored to campaign for Donald J. Trump in Virginia. We've been working hard for Trump -- I was even able to go to Iowa and help him ahead of his huge caucus victory.

But my opponent Bob Good lied on National Television. While my team and I have been helping Trump Save America, Never Trumper Bob Good went on national television, falsely tried to say that he never attacked Trump (we all have seen the video of him doing so), and admitted on live TV he says one thing about Trump in public and another thing about Trump in private. I'm with Trump 100%, and Bob is not. That's the bottom line.
Pro Life Speech
Life is a miracle and it must be protected. I gave a speech on the floor of the Virginia Senate about defending life from progressives who want late-term abortion here in the Commonwealth. Please click here to watch it and let me know if you agree.
RIP Brothers
Freedom isn't free. Thank God we have brave men and women in our armed forces protecting our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with my Navy SEAL brothers and their families in this time of loss. RIP brothers. #LLTB
Thank You Governor Glenn Youngkin
Fellow legislators and I are having many conversations with Governor Youngkin on how we can improve Virginia. It is difficult to get things done with divided Government but we are working hard to deliver for Virginia. Thank God we have a Republican Governor and thank God he has a Veto Pen!
This Didn't Happen by Accident:
When Bob Good doesn't get his way, he partners with Democrats to take out Republicans and with no plan. Now there is talk of going after the new Speaker Mike Johnson. The Democrats are gaining even more power and loving his poor decisions and lack of leadership.
Ramona Christian: Volunteer Coordinator Trump Campaign
I am so pleased to announce that Ramona Christian is a volunteer coordinator for the Trump Campaign. If you would like to volunteer, make phone calls, and help with the campaign efforts in Virginia and Nationally please contact Ramona at or 434-391-4546. 
Kari Lake, Master Level Integrity
Corruption is a real problem in our country and it gives me hope to see more and more candidates who understand politics is not about them, rather it's about serving We the People and saving our country. I had a wonderful conversation with Kari Lake while we were helping Trump and I can tell you she is genuine, warm, and the real deal.

Video: Megyn Kelly is joined by Kari Lake, U.S. Senate candidate for Arizona, to discuss the leaked audio conversation about an attempted bribe to get her to leave political life, who the "people back East" that are behind the bribe might be, new details about the circumstances, and more. Click here
2024 Session Update Week 3
The General Assembly convened on January 10th. Governor Glenn Youngkin, Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears, and fellow legislators are working hard to make Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family. Everything is more expensive. Can we convince Democrats in the House and the Senate to reduce taxes and give fellow Virginians a break?

Here is some of what is on my mind and what we have been up to:
Virginia Citizens Defense League
I spoke on the Senate floor about the Concealed Carry bill I worked with the Virginia Citizens Defense League on. Thank you VCDL President Philip Van Cleave and team for all you do to help protect our Second Amendment! I recommend everyone join the VCDL.
Human Trafficking is Modern Day Slavery
Surprise, surprise: the Democrats blocked my bill to protect children from human trafficking. Watch the video here.
Many Visitors this Week:
Tom Runnett, Louisa County
Pastor Gary Stewart and his wife Amy.
The Virginia Auto Dealers Association
Pharmacists Lobby Day
Rappahannock Electric Co-ops
Pharmacist, Cumberland County
Claire Bell Wheeler
I introduced many FFA students from throughout the Commonwealth at the Capitol including local chapters from Amelia, Hanover, Goochland, Louisa, Buckingham, Cumberland, and Appomattox. FFA students came from my district, which is a huge ag district, as well as all over the Commonwealth.

For those that don't know, FFA stands for Future Farmers of America and FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. FFA develops members’ potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which give members the tools to achieve real-world success.

These FFA members from schools across central Virginia are our future farmers, chemists, veterinarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, bankers, international business leaders, teachers
and premier professionals in many career fields.

I introduced the FFA students on the floor of the Senate -- watch here. Thanks for coming, folks!
Can you imagine? Jesus Edited from Athlete's Interview
A new threat from Artificial Intelligence (Constituent Text)
Don't Forget to Vote Trump
Don't forget early voting for Trump ends soon so GO VOTE! Find specific info about your polling place here.
It was a pleasure to meet with the folks at the Arc. Arc is an organization advocating for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It's always good to work with people who are focused on helping others.
Two Louisa County State Police Officers (Retired)
We would not have a country without our law enforcement. Thank you Roger and Marci Clifton for stopping by!
Brunswick Stew Day
My friend Governor Glenn Youngkin joined in the great tradition of Brunswick Stew Day. That's a lot of stew.
Ford Loses with EVs, "Go Woke go Broke"
Go Greg Abbott. Bring back Trump!
Fighting Cancer Together
RICHMOND, Va. -- Grace Black was five years old when she was first diagnosed with cancer. Today, at 16 and cancer-free, she’s speaking with Virginia lawmakers about the long-term effects of her illness that can make learning challenging. Click here
I Support Israel
State Senate photos
Senator Travis Hackworth, Tazewell Virginia
Senators Tammy Mulchi, Mecklenburg Virginia & Senator Chris Head, Roanoke, Virginia
Senator Mark Peake, Lynchburg, Virginia
Thank you Gov. Glenn Youngkin for supporting Texas!
2023 McGuire Legislative Agenda
Here is some of the legislation brought to me by constituents and sponsored by me to improve Virginia.

I'm running for Congress because the enemy isn't at the gate -- the enemy is THROUGH the gate and in our communities. Open borders, fentanyl, lawlessness, out of control spending, and more. Our country is in big trouble. I am running to represent the people of the 5th Congressional District because I am a conservative with a record of building teams to solve problems. We can do better than Good.

I've been all over the district and I can tell you the 5th Congressional District loves Trump and the America First Agenda! 

I invite you and your friends to join me in this cause. Take care, please spread the word and I look forward to seeing you around the district!
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