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ACTION ALERT – VA - NAIS AND HOME KITCHEN BILLS

"No funds derived from any source shall be used to implement, develop, maintain, enforce, or support any mandatory provisions of the program identified by the United States Department of Agriculture as the "National Identification System."

This Budget Line Amendment goes to vote in House Appropriations Subcommittee #3 on Thursday, January 7.
Sponsor: Delegate Ben Cline

ACTION: Please call the members of the subcommittee and ask them to SUPPORT this budget line amendment that prohibits funding for a mandatory National Animal Identification System in Virginia (it is Item 102 #1h, inserted on page 82 after line 2--for more information see below).

Subcommittee members:


Delegate

Dist

Party

Phone

Abbitt, Watkins

59th

I

(804) 698-1059

Cox, Kirk

66th

R

(804) 698-1066

Dance, Rosalyn

63rd

D

(804) 698-1063

Hogan, Clarke

60th

R

(804) 698-1060

Morgan, Harvey

98th

R

(804) 698-1098

O'Bannon, John

73rd

R

(804) 698-1073

Phillips, Clarence

2nd

D

(804) 698-1002

Shannon, Stephen

35th

D

(804) 698-1035

ALSO: Home Kitchen Bill Update
SB272, Sen. Creigh Deeds' Home Kitchen exemption bill, has passed the Senate Ag Committee UNCONTESTED!!!!!!!  Goes next to full Senate where we expect it to pass (bill provides exemption from inspections for home kitchens for direct final sales of specific foods--see link for details).
(link for SB272: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?ses=081&typ=bil&val=sb272&Submit2=Go )


ACTION: Please call and/or email Senator Deeds and say THANK YOU!!!  
Phone: (804) 698-7525    
Email: [email protected]    

Many thanks,
Deborah Stockton, Editor
VICFA Voice
[email protected]
http://www.vicfa.net

Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association
Our purpose is to promote and preserve unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade 
that fosters availability of locally grown or home-produced food products.

Budget Line Amendment Info:
Chief Patron: Cline   Item 102 #1h 
Agriculture And Forestry 
Department Of Agriculture And 
Consumer Services Language 
Language: 
Page 82, after line 2, insert: 
"No funds derived from any source shall be used to implement, develop, maintain, 
enforce, or support any mandatory provisions of the program identified by the United 
States Department of Agriculture as the "National Animal Identification System." 
Explanation: 
(This amendment prohibits the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 
from expending funds to implement or participate in any mandatory provisions of the 
USDA's National Identification System for livestock.  It is intended to allow for 
voluntary participation in the program by farmers and producers.)