Raw Milk Exemption HB62

Dec 07, 2015

Delegate Rick Morris of the Virginia House of Delegates has submitted yet again a bill to the General Assembly that would reinstate a 3 cow milk exemption that once existed in VA code. This would allow small farmers to produce and sell milk product at local farm markets including raw milk, butter, cheese, yogurt and the like. As you can imagine this would be an incredible surge in the cottage food/local food movement many are turning to for alternative options from factory food.

We intend to go to Richmond again this coming session to speak before the Committee of Agriculture in support of this bill and all of your support will be appreciated. I have spoken before the Ag committee for the last 2 years in a row on behalf of these bills. Please take a moment and watch the presentation I gave to the committee last year in support of raw milk:

 

 

Below is the bill summary and a link to the bill page where you an follow this bill as the General Assembly begins its 2016 session:

Exemptions from milk production requirements. Exempts persons who own three or fewer milking cows and three or fewer goats from the oversight of the Milk Commission and the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services' requirements governing the quality, grading, and sanitary standards for milk so long as the milk their cows or goats produce is sold directly to consumers and contains a label stating that the product has not been inspected by the state and the consumer is purchasing the product at his own risk.

For more information and the ability to track this bill in session, please click on the link below:

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+sum+HB62



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