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Virginia Food Choice, Family Farms & Local Artisans Seek Ability for Direct Sales to Consumers

Virginia House Bill 2030 (HB 2030) would allow the face-to-face sale of food products at farmers markets or through farm-based and home-based sales directly to consumers as long as the producer informs the consumer that the food product is neither certified, regulated, nor inspected.Virginia House Bill 2030 (HB 2030) would allow the face-to-face sale of food products at farmers markets or through farm-based and home-based sales directly to consumers as long as the producer informs the consumer that the food product is neither certified, regulated, nor inspected. Foods sold under this bill are to be intended only for home consumption and cannot contain uninspected meat other than poultry.

HB 2030 was introduced by Delegate Nicholas J. Freitas to exempt from regulation foods sold in Virginia direct from producers to the end consumer. The foods covered by the bill can include items made from milk and poultry as well as other foods “processed or prepared by a private home or a farm.” Such producers will “be exempt from inspection and the inspection fees.”

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CH2M and Alexandria Renew Enterprises recognized with Envision Platinum Rating for Nutrient Management Facility

The AlexRenew Nutrient Management Facility, an 18-million-gallon storage facility topped with a public athletic field, recently earned the first Envision Platinum certification from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) in the Washington DC/Virginia metro region. The Nutrient Management Facility, owned by Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew), recently earned the first Envision Platinum certification from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) in the Washington DC/Virginia metro region. The Envision rating system provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the environmental, community, and economic benefits of large infrastructure projects that incorporate sustainability throughout the project life cycle.

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Specialty Food Association Announces Fifth Annual Leadership Awards

Six Leaders Honored for Business Leadership, Citizenship and Vision

The Specialty Food Association announces the six winners of the 2017 Leadership Awards, honoring industry frontrunners who have gone above and beyond in advancing food standards in society--and society itself--by creating social, economic and environmental impact through innovation and vision. 

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The Ban That Never Was

Our Acting President Elizabeth with some of her dairy goats

The interstate ban on raw milk for human consumption went into effect in 1987. The position of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has long been that the prohibition applies to all raw milk in interstate commerce. The truth is otherwise; a reading of the law clearly shows that the ban applies only to cow milk. The shipment of raw goat milk, raw sheep milk, raw camel milk, raw water buffalo milk, etc. in interstate commerce is all legal; the ban on raw dairy from animals besides cows applies only to products other than raw milk and aged raw cheese.

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Hog Farmer Running for Sheriff in defense of food

Mark and Jill Baker - Photo Credit: Molly PetersonThe Virginia-based Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense fund is telling the story of farmers fighting government over food policy rights. This story is truly remarkable. Who would have thought that someone would have to run for Sherriff to protect his rights on the farm.

When heritage breed hog farmer Mark Baker was going through his four-year battle against the state of Michigan over his challenge to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Invasive Species Order (ISO), he contacted Missaukee County Sheriff James Bosscher, seeking Bosscher’s help over the harassment he was undergoing from DNR and the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD). The sheriff refused to help Baker, a retired military veteran, not lifting a finger for him throughout the entire ordeal. Baker is now running for sheriff against Bosscher as an independent write-in candidate on the ballot. There is no opponent for the Democratic Party in the race.

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