Posted 01-11-2005 at 10:28:58
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Looks like VA is trying to become more like the Democratic Republic of Maryland. I got this in an email from a friend who lives in Virginia, wants folks to call or write the Gov's office.
I think it is a shame...wish I could sell my goat milk and cheese here, but the law won't let me.
VIRGINIA TO OUTLAW SMALL COW AND GOAT CHEESE PRODUCERS!
New repressive regulations recently adopted by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and approved by Governor Warner will drive small cow and goat cheese producers out of business in Virginia. These regulations will become effective January 26, 2005 unless Virginia residents act now!
After January 26th, it will be illegal for a farmer to sell even one pound of their own farm-produced cheese and butter to a next door neighbor or direct consumer unless that farmer has a license. To obtain and hold a license a farmer must (to name a few):
Comply with building and equipment requirements totaling approximately $50,000;
Purchase an approved and costly pasteurizer and pasteurize all milk for making fresh cheese;
Do business on a daily basis;
Keep extensive and burdensome records on each batch of cheese made.