Subject: ACTION ALERT: Virginia - Oppose Herdshare Bills Today!

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Attend Meeting & 
Tell Your Legislators to Oppose Herdshare Bills
Take Action Now!

Dear Friend,

Like many states, the sale of raw milk is illegal in Virginia. However, raw milk advocates have used the concept of herd sharing to obtain the revered, nutrient-dense food for decades.

Two new bills, House Bill 825 (HB 825) and its companion Senate Bill 962 (SB 962), would grant government regulators increased power in interfering with private herd share agreements of Virginia residents. 

The bills' implications are vast and potentially unknown as the bills' language allows for yet-to-be-written stipulations created by the 
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).

Please help us build opposition for these harmful bills! See Take Action, Talking Points, and More Info below.


Pass this alert on and ask others to do the same.

- FTCLDF Team
TAKE ACTION #1:

Please contact your State Delegate and urge him or her to vote NO on HB 825.

If you don’t know who represents you, go to whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov
TAKE ACTION #2:

Please also contact your State Senator and urge him or her to vote NO on SB 962.

If you don’t know who represents you, go to whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov
TAKE ACTION #3:

Attend the meeting if you are able and show that you OPPOSE this bill. SB 962 is on the docket for a vote by the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee this Thursday, February 1, 2018

The meeting will take place 1/2 hour after adjournment of the full Senate Session, sometime after 2 p.m. at: 

Senate Room A, Ground Floor 
Pocahontas Building
900 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

If you're free, please help to pack the meeting room. Opposers of the bill will be meeting in the lobby between 1:30 and 2:00 p.m. Allow time for parking.

TALKING POINTS OPPOSING HB 825 & SB 962
  • The right to privacy is at stake: with this bill herdshare members’ names and addresses would be turned over to the government. Because herd shares are a closed loop arrangement, registration with the state should not be required since the direct relationship between farmers and shareholders makes traceability a non-issue. No other food is targeted in this way.
  • If passed, the bill would require that the consumers assume joint liability for all milk produced by the herd, which is completely inappropriate and unprecedented.
  • With HB 825, herd shares would be open to unwarranted premises and paperwork inspections and would have to adhere to yet-to-be-written stipulations put forward by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).
  • This bill would negatively affect peoples’ rights to acquire the foods of their choice because some herd share sellers would likely be forced out of business.
MORE INFORMATION:

See the full post on this issue at www.farmtoconsumer.org

Here is the summary of HB 825.

Here is the summary of SB 962.
Who We Are/What We Do

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF), a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, defends the rights and broadens the freedoms of family farms and artisan food producers while protecting consumer access to raw milk and nutrient-dense foods.

Learn more About Us.
www.farmtoconsumer.org | 703-208-FARM (3276) | info@farmtoconsumer.org
8116 Arlington Blvd Suite #263, Falls Church, VA 22042, United States
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