As a result of several bills considered by the 2013 session of the Virginia legislature, a working group has been formed to discuss what on farm activities should be protected and what local governments can do to assist farmers. Commissioner Matt Lohr of VDACS has convened the “On-Farm Activities Working Group” made up of representatives of the agriculture industry, local governments, and other interested parties. Virginia Farm Bureau is pleased to be a part of these meetings which are open to the public.
The purpose of this group is to facilitate discussions and ideas and to formulate recommendations for the 2014 legislative session. This group has no authority to change current policy or regulations. A report will be made to the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources and to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources.
The list of participants and a public comment page can be found here: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/news/farmactivities.shtml. Please feel free to submit comments and ideas for consideration of the group. They must be approved by VDACS before being posted on the website.
Please contact Trey Davis, VFBF Assistant Director of Governmental Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.