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Free Virginia Farmers by Supporting On-Farm Activities Legislation, SB51 & HB268 - Email Senators
UPDATE 3/6/14: Governor McAuliffe signed SB 51 - Thank bill supporters
VA-freefarmers-Boneta-225x300blkRead press release 3/10/14

The On-Farm Activities legislation introduced by Delegate Orrock (HB 268) and Senator Stuart (SB 51) aims to strengthen the rights of small family farms, giving Virginians more income opportunities. The bills would also allow farmers to sell other products from nearby farms and host events without additional local permits. HB 268 has already passed in the House; the Senate vote is scheduled for February 4, 2014.

Sign this EMAIL petition to Virginia Senators:
I urge you to vote YES on SB 51 to support Virginia's small family farms and consumer freedom of choice.

Add your own comments and follow up with phone calls to members of the Virginia Senate. You can also post comments at for the bills. Please personalize your message to the Senators. See Talking Points below.

Small farmers in Virginia supported legislation in the 2013 session, "The Boneta Bill," that would have limited local government's ability to overregulate certain on-farm activities. Although the bill did not make it into law, a taskforce was appointed resulting in new legislation backed by small family farms, consumers and activists as well as the Virginia Farm Bureau and Virginia Agribusiness Council.

Passage of SB 51 will:
  • provide more income opportunities for Virginia's small farmers, enabling them to sell other products of the farm as well as items from other Virginia farms.
  • keep the most environmentally-conscious stewards of the lands, small family farms, on the land.
  • keep more of the food dollars spent by Virginia residents in the local and state economy.
  • enable Virginia consumers to obtain more items directly from farms.
Passage into law will mean that Virginia's small farmers can engage in on-farm sales and other on-farm activities without overregulation by local government.
Revised 1/31/2014

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