Food products; sale at farmers market, farm, or home. (HB2030)

Introduced By

Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) with support from co-patron Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Food products; sale at farmers market, farm, or home. Exempts a producer of food, including milk, products made from milk, and poultry, from regulations of the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services so long as the sale of such food by the producer is made directly to the end consumer; the sale is conducted at a farmers market or through a home or farm; the food product contains no uninspected meat other than poultry; and the producer informs the end consumer that the food product is not certified, regulated, or inspected. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/10/2017Committee
01/10/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101737D
01/10/2017Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/16/2017Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
01/19/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2030)
01/30/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (4-Y 3-N)
02/01/2017Failed to report (defeated) in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (6-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

Susann Eastridge writes:

I support this bill.
One of the reasons small business owners object to "government regulations" is because they are written to apply to giant corporations that have no connection to the community they serve. It is necessary that they be regulated to protect those communities. Big corporations often flaunt regulations that they can easily get away with by simply paying a fine.
Local farmers are connected to the community they serve. They have an investment in the people they sell their produce to, and are in fact their neighbors, Those regulations designed to compel large corporations to "do the right thing" can have the opposite effect on small local farmers and producers.
Every effort must be made to help local producers so that folks can have access to fresh, pest-free, poison-free food.

Right Way Forward Virginia writes:

Burdensome regulations discourage farmers and food artisans from making a living by selling home-produced or farm-produced goods directly to the consumer. The Food Freedom Act will spur innovation in food and enable more Virginians to become entrepreneurs. We support this bill.

Dawn Miller writes:

There have been some changes to parts of this bill that would be very BAD for milk herd share owners - in particular, point #2 which as of Friday, January 27th, states;

2. Any sale of raw milk shall occur on the premises of the seller's farm.

This is NOT GOOD. Apparently, in negotiations with Virginia Farm Bureau and the "Small Family Farm Foundation" Del. Freitas has changed it into a "Raw Dairy" bill WITHOUT the 3 cow exemption in Friday's latest draft. This was as of Friday. The requirements are the same basically as for a commercial conventional dairy and therefore cost prohibitive, especially as you have to sell all the milk at the farm, AND it would be invasive of the farmsteader's privacy. The verbiage keeps changing and all though most of this bill is good, the changing of the verbiage regarding the delivery of milk to the herd share owner by the farmer is not good at all.

Daniela Coleman writes:

Dear Madam or Sir,

Thank you for your service to the public!

I am writing to request your kind consideration in helping to keep milk from small farms, who keep herds for locals and neighbors, available to many of us.

For example, I seem to have trouble digesting pasteurized milk from large manufacturers and had to stop eating dairy for years. With the help of my doctor, I found and tried raw milk and have been able to tolerate it very well, possibly because of the enzymes it contains. Since I have been consuming milk again, my low Calcium levels (on blood tests) has returned to normal. This is very important to me, as my grand-mother had severe osteoporosis.

I trust the folks who keep our Cow herd to keep them in good health, with appropriate vet care and testing, and in sanitary and humane conditions. I trust them to milk the animals and comply with all safety rules and regulations with great care.

Please keep the raw milk from Cow Shares available in VA and allow the milk to be picked up at local drop sites. I pick up my Cow Share milk at a local store, where I sign for it when I pick it up. It is not sold there, of course, only available for personal pick-up. Going directly to the farm myself every week would be a hardship.

Thank you for your kind consideration!

-Daniela, Fredericksburg, VA

Michelle L Lilly writes:

Please DO NOT vote for this bill. It may help some farmers, but it severely restricts raw milk dairy farmers who have thriving businesses in Virginia. The bill provisions require "any sale of raw milk shall occur on the premises of the seller's farm." If you allow this to pass a large number of those currently involved in herdshare programs will not be able to continue with their herdshares due to the distance to pickup milk. Not only will the state of Virginia be strangling businesses they will also become draconian concerning personal freedom to chose what a person can eat/drink.

Gene Marie Kennedy writes:

Please REMOVE clause G on cow-sharing/goat-sharing. Herdshare arrangements involve the private property rights of Virginians. Other than protecting the right to private contract and upholding the legality of herdshares, HB 2030 should place NO requirements on herdshares. These closed loop transactions DO NOT involve the general public and therefore DO NOT need agency oversight. The transparency and traceability inherent in direct sales are sufficient for responding to any food quality concerns. HB 2030 is a good bill; don't let it be ruined by inappropriate provision injected to regulate herdshares in any way. Honor individuals' rights to the foods of their choice. See more comments at http://farmtoconsumer.org/petitions/last25.php?paper=1&qnum=pnum1287

Mike writes:

REMOVE clause G on dairy shares.
You have no business regulating our property.
One less thing to manage on your end.
That plain and simple.

Pawnee Jewell writes:

Let's return to the understanding that real food is a real good idea. Allowing small farmers, artisans and even hobby farmers to sell milk and other farm products to their friends, family and community can only be a good thing! I wouldn't dream of selling any product that was not of the highest quality, and believe me if someone in my circle has a poor quality product they lose my business. It is easily a self-regulating system. I applaud your efforts. Strike the bill if those who do not have small farmers and artisans best interest at heart are trying to undermine a way of life that is precious to us. This way of life should be sustained and supported because its far reaching effects are innumerable.