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VICFA was started by a handful of individuals in central
Virginia who are deeply concerned about the
Our current President is Wayne
Bolton of Farmville, Virginia.
VICFA works to keep a close eye on the Virginia General Assembly, and has been successful in amending legislation which could have hurt small producers. We also watch the regulating agencies, and take a stand against regulations that are too stringent, such as the Virginia Scrapie Regulations for goats and sheep.
In 2005, regulations became effective that contained a definition which could be interpreted to prevent farmers from using the milk from their own cow, goat, sheep, etc. VICFA raised enough ire to pass a bill that allowed farmers to use the milk from their own animals, thus overriding the language in the regulation. In the Senate Ag Committee, one senator asked: "Isn't that a little like giving permission to watch the sunrise?" True - but the bill, unfortunately, was necessary in order to protect our rights.
Livebird Market Bill
In 2006, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) attempted to pass a bill that would control livebird markets throughout Virginia. Its provisions were so broad, it could have also allowed for oppressive regulations, such as a license requirement on anyone owning as simple as a few chickens, or for someone who pastured poultry. VICFA successfully amended this legislation in order to provide exceptions for these small poultry producers.
VICFA is especially proud of our work on "the kitchen bill". In 2008, the Virginia General Assembly passed a law, exempting persons from their own home from state inspection when making candies, certain jams, jellies, and baked goods - provided that these items were sold only at the home or at farmers' markets, and were labeled "NOT FOR RESALE - PRODUCED AND PREPARED WITHOUT STATE INSPECTION." Prior to this bill, anyone wishing to sell these items would be required to have his or her home inspected -an oppressive and unnecessary requirement.
VICFA was one of the first groups to speak out against NAIS, the National Animal Notification System, as it would have severely hurt small farmers. To aid in the fight against NAIS, VICFA was instrumental in establishing the National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (NICFA). Additionally, VICFA staged several lobbying events on the federal level. NICFA has since become autonomous.
has a presence throughout the state, when it comes to the
opportunity of spreading our message.
McGeary, of Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, Joel
Salatin of Polyface Farm,
VICFA is very concerned about the control that large food
corporations have over legislators.
Recall after recall has become a standard. Local, direct-to-consumer offers safer alternatives to food choices,
yet the food conglomerates continually seek to pose taxing regulations on local foods.
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