“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 Budget Item 102 #1h, inserted on page 82 after line 2–for more information see below).
Delegate District Party Phone
Watkins Abbitt 59th I 804.698.1059
Kirk Cox 66th R 804.698.1066
Rosalyn Dance 63rd D 804.698.1063
Clarke Hogan 60th R 804.698.1060
Harvey Morgan 98th R 804.698.1098
John O’Bannon 73rd R 804.698.1073
Clarence Phillips 2nd D 804.698.1002
Stephen Shannon 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: 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: district25 (at) sov.state.va.us
Deborah Stockton, Editor
vicfavoice (at) earthlink.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
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.”
(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.)