More than 140 Virginia Farm Bureau members headed to Richmond today for our annual Legislative Day at the Capitol. Here’s a summary of the issues members discussed with their legislators. Here’s a summary:
Strengthening Agriculture’s Economy
Virginia Farm Bureau is urging legislators to support investment in new crops, update code sections to reflect current industry practices and change laws to make it easier to procure more Virginia grown products.
Critical Budget Amendments for Agriculture
Virginia Farm Bureau is urging legislators to support the critical budget amendments, inculduing funding for the Agtriculture Best Management Practices program, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, VDACS Weight and Measures program, and the Cooperative Wildlife Damage program.
Virginia Farm Bureau is urging legislators to:
• Support SB543 (Obenshain) to better protect landowners and align with the language in the property rights constitutional amendment that passed in 2012. The legislation seeks to direct the court to reimburse a plaintiff for the costs of an inverse condemnation proceeding for “damaging” property if a judgment is entered for the plaintiff. Under current law, the court is directed to award compensation only for the “taking” of property. This would make sure that if your farm is damaged by the taking of a property next to you, you will be compensated fairly.
• Support legislation to protect private property rights from the unauthorized use of drones that seek to take a photograph or a film your private property without your permission.