The Agriculture subcommittee hearing last night in Richmond. Members, Keam, Orrock, Poindexter, Knight, Webert,Bloxom,James
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Last nights subcommittee hearing was jam packed, over-flowing into the hall at both doorways.

If you weren't able to make it the hearing, we understand, and we appreciate all the calls you made and concern you have.  We did have many show up. 

Last year, we did  have one member of the subcommittee that voted  in our favor.   This year. he was asked by his constituents to motion for a recorded vote.  Earlier Monday morning, he was moved from the agriculture Sub committee and replaced by  Del. Michael Webert.  Curious, indeed.

We were watching three bills,  hb 62, hb 619 and hb 699 that were heard last night. 

We need industrial hemp in VA.  The  hemp bill, hb699 introduced by Del. Brenda Pogge,  passed unanimously.  To follow that bill more closely, please follow Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition.

Onto our Raw Milk bill, hb 62.  It was tabled- meaning no motion was made to keep it alive.  Understand that.  Not one delegate believed we should even discuss the freedom to legally purchase a healthful product from our hard working neighbor.

We did have a development regarding hb 619, the Food Freedom Act. We heard one delegate may be interested in a compromise.  We were pretty sure the original bill would have gone down in flames.  So we made the choice to come up with another bill to be introduced later.  That is called being "passed-by-for-the-day."

We will keep you posted about those latest developments as they happen.

If per chance you did send a letter to your delegate, would you  be so kind to share it with  us?  Please email a copy to  If you write ones to the delegates in the future, please feel free to cc or bcc us as well.  In our correspondences with legislators, we would like to remind them of their constituents concerns.  It does help to know more than one is watching them.

Finally, I would like to make an appeal to all of you on this list to join  VICFA .  Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association have led the fight for our food freedoms for at least 15 years.  It is only $25.00 to join, and I assure you it  will be the best $25.00 you will ever spend.  They watch the legislative session like a hawk. If you saw the amount of big ag and big agribusiness lobbyists there, you would know how important it is to make sure they are not able to take the few food freedoms we do  have away.

Thanks for your interest in this most important issue.

Kindest Regards,

Bernadette Barber

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