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Bkeepr    Posted 01-11-2005 at 10:28:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
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.


Bob Mi    Posted 01-11-2005 at 14:48:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Whats the amoish going to do they sell everything in Mich.


Clipper    Posted 01-11-2005 at 11:12:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's a shame that all the small farmers across the country did not form a Union.....I think it would have made a big difference in the mickey-mouse laws and regs that have been thrown at them.

The small family farm is rapidly vanishing.....and the city folks are chomping at the bit to get their 2-5 acres of farmland to build on.


big fred    Posted 01-11-2005 at 10:59:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Of course the regulators will trot out the old favorite "If it saves just one life it's worth it". Funny they don't think a little further, and understand that by eliminating another income stream for that farmer, he may not be able to afford health insurance, so he's at risk of his and his family's health.


mark    Posted 01-11-2005 at 10:55:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
MN tried something similar with feedlot laws.
The law would have driven any small farms or
producers with small herds out of business,
there was such an outcry they backed off.

That law required outrageous modifications to
flooring in barns, dikes had to be built,
manure holding areas built, records and
testing like you wouldn't believe.... The kicker
in the law was that if you jumped through the
hoops and still had a pollution problem ( like a
big commercial opperation might ) any runoff
would not be considered pollution, mearly run
off.

Just as an example of how it was written,
waste from an animal was gauged by animal
weight. Ducks were gauged to be 40 lbs.
Horses, regardless of size were 2000 lbs.
Cows regardless of size were 1000 lbs.


bill b va    Posted 01-11-2005 at 10:53:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
how did we ever survive these many millions of years with out the FED and state rules . not just there but every aspect of our lives . would appear at some point people will not be able to afford all thats mandated . a license is usually a license to steal because it lessens competition


Hawk    Posted 01-11-2005 at 10:35:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
thats a shame! it looks the goverment and big business is doing its best to kill off mom and pop operations.


SusieQ    Posted 01-12-2005 at 02:22:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
What about colonial laws, early residential laws that were formed and made years ago?

I know there are a lot of "grandfather clauses" in business, etc....


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