The next meeting of the On-Farm Activities Working Group will be on Tuesday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the King Family Vineyards, 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet, Va. 22932.
The meeting agenda has not been finalized.
Part of the work group’s focus is on HB 1430 (Lingamfelter), a bill rejected by the 2013 General Assembly that would have amended Virginia’s Right-to-Farm Law by expanding the definition of agricultural operations to include “the commerce of farm-to-business and farm-to-consumer sales.”
Because of how HB 1430 would undermine local authority to regulate land use, VACo strongly opposed this legislation. Part of the work group’s charge is to determine whether compromise legislation in the 2014 legislative session might be possible.