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31 Jan 2015

Protect Us Against Floods, Coastal Officials Say

Local, state and military officials from Tidewater want Virginia to participate in a market-based initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – which they said would general $200 million to combat coastal flooding.

06 Feb 2014

Bill Seeks to Restrict Local Agritourism Regulation

By Kate Miller Capital News Service RICHMOND — An agritourism bill that would restrict local regulation of customary agricultural and farm activities has passed the Senate. Senate Bill 51 would prohibit Virginia counties from regulating the management of agritourism for-profit events; the sale of agricultural or silvicultural (forest) products or related items; the preparation or […]

30 Jan 2014

Bill Seeks Compensation for Dog-Ravaged Livestock

By Jessi Gower Capital News Service RICHMOND — Livestock and poultry owners in rural areas of Virginia may find some solace in the coming weeks if Senate passes House Bill 54, which guarantees monetary compensation for owners whose livestock and poultry that have been killed or injured by dogs. Virginia is currently home to more […]

20 Feb 2013

Governor Signs Bill to Extend Peanut Tax

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Wednesday approved a bill to extend the 30-cents-per-100-pound excise tax on peanuts until July 1, 2016.

17 Feb 2013

Ad Asks McDonnell Not to Allow Uranium Mining

A radio advertisement sponsored by organizations opposed to uranium mining in Virginia cautions Gov. Bob McDonnell against using his power to put in place failed legislation by issuing regulations.

12 Feb 2013

Fox-Penning Bill Dies in House Subcommittee

A House subcommittee Tuesday killed a bill that would have made it illegal to hold competitions in which dogs hunt foxes or coyotes in an enclosed area.

11 Feb 2013

‘Boneta Bill’ Killed in Senate Committee

A Senate committee on Thursday killed the “Boneta bill,” which championed farmers’ rights and would have expanded the definition of agricultural operations.

11 Feb 2013

Bill Would Outlaw Fox Penning

It would be illegal to hold competitions in which dogs hunt foxes or coyotes in an enclosed area under a bill that recently won approval from the Senate and has moved to the House for consideration.

01 Feb 2013

Crab Survey Shows Good, Bad Trends

There’s bittersweet news for the Chesapeake Bay blue crab. The general crab and young blue crab populations are very healthy, the head of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission said. But the population of adult female blue crabs – which the crabbing industry relies upon for the next generation of stock – is low.

30 Jan 2013

Committee Sends ‘Boneta Bill’ to Full House

The grassroots-supported “Boneta Bill,” meant to protect farmers’ rights, won overwhelming approval from a House committee on Wednesday and moves on to its first reading in the full House of Delegates on Thursday.

29 Jan 2013

Panel Amends, OKs ‘Boneta Bill’

Supporters of the so-called Boneta Bill, aimed at protecting the rights of farmers, came to Capitol Square wearing pitchfork buttons with stickers that said, “Stay out of grandma’s kitchen.” They lined the wall of a conference room where the House Agriculture Subcommittee met Monday to decide whether to recommend approval of the measure. Virginians in support of the bill and lobbyists against it came from all over the state to share their perspective. After an hour of debate, the subcommittee voted 6-1 in support of the legislation.

22 Jan 2013

House OKs Extending Excise Tax on Peanuts

The Virginia House of Delegates has voted to extend the state’s excise tax on peanuts – a move that will help promote the sale and marketing of one of the commonwealth’s top cash crops.

08 Jan 2013

Fauquier Dispute Inspires Farmers’ Rights Bill

Martha Boneta made headlines in August when Fauquier County officials fined her after she held a birthday party on her farm. She is now the face of Delegate Scott Lingamfelter’s House Bill 1430, which seeks to expand the definition of agricultural operations.