Register for Legislative Day by Jan. 3rd

Virginia Farm Bureau members will speak with state legislators about issues of interest to farmers in their community and statewide during the organization’s annual Legislative Day on Jan. 23.
Member-identified critical issues for the 2014 session of the Virginia General Assembly are:
  • adequate funding for the state’s Agriculture Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program;
  • adequate funding for operational support and technical assistance for soil and water conservation districts;
  • opposition to attempts to support mandatory labeling of genetically modified food products;
  • setting a baseline for the regulation of on-farm activities on agricultural operations;
  • including $7.6 million for Phase 2 of Virginia Tech’s dairy research in the capital expenditure authorization to enable the university to relocate the remaining parts of the dairy complex and replace six dilapidated buildings with three modern research, teaching and Virginia Cooperative Extension facilities;
  • protecting private property rights of landowners by resisting expansion of the term “navigable” to include all waters of the state; and
  • maintaining a minimal burden of proof of “Crown Grant” properties and their associated rights.

 “Emails and phone calls can be effective, but any legislator will tell you, meeting face to face with them has the biggest impact.” said Kelly Pruitt, VFBF governmental relations grassroots coordinator. “Legislative Day gives farmers from all across the state the opportunity to let their legislators know what issues are important to them face to face.”

This year, the VFBF Women’s Committee will host a legislative reception the night before Legislative Day—on Jan. 22—at which Farm Bureau leaders will be able to talk with their representatives in an informal setting.
Members will have appointments on Jan. 23 with their respective state senators and delegates.
During those appointments, members will present their representatives with copies the Agriculture Map of Virginia puzzle to encourage their participation in Agriculture Literacy Week March 23-29 at their local schools.

If you are a producer member, and interested in attending Legislative Day, please have your MSS register you by Friday, Jan. 3. 

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