Landmark Agriculture Bill Now Law in Virginia 7/12/2014Submitted by barracuda_trader on Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:21
New Law Reaffirms the Right to Farm and Grants Freedom from Government Overreach
PARIS, VA—July 1, 2014—The bill, HB 268 (SB 51), becomes law in Virginia today, protecting certain activities at agricultural operations from local regulation. This statewide non-partisan legislation was driven by grassroots organizations and individuals in the thousands across the Commonwealth and is one of the first bills signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
The bill becoming law marks the latest chapter in a controversy that attracted nationwide attention in 2012 when the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors forced family farmer Martha Boneta to cease selling produce from her own 64-acre farm. No longer allowed to sell the vegetables she had harvested, Boneta donated the food to local charities lest it go to waste.
Boneta is a member of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF), which offered her legal aid during the crisis. She is a keynote speaker at the FTCLDF 2014 Food Freedom Fest in September, along with Joel Salatin, another farmer who worked alongside her on this bill.
FTCLDF member Martha Boneta slated to speak
Food Freedom Fest
Friday – September 5, 2014
Stonewall Jackson Hotel