Thursday, July 12, 2012

Virginia and U.S. Farms - #4035 - Fauquier County, Va. Cites Farmer for Farming - Redstate Virginia (2) The Corn is Dying All Over America - The Economic Collapse

SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IN VIRGINIA AS A FARMER TRIES TO SELL PRODUCE FROM HIS FARM WITH FINES UP TO $5,000 FOR A TOMATO SALE.  A NEW ORDINANCE PASSED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ATTEMPTS TO MAKE THIS MORE DIFFICULT, RUTHERFORD INSTITUTE IS NOW HELPING HIM.











If you own a farm here in Fauquier you are “special”. If you own a farm here in Fauquier you are now, after July 14, 2011, being treated in a “special” way. You are now so “special” that if you have a working farm that is being farmed by you to make a living, before you can sell a tomato from your garden or an egg from your chicken or a bale of hay from your field over your fence, you must obtain an Administrative Special Permit. Without this special permit you run the risk if being cited and fined up to $5,000.00 for that tomato sale. This is what makes you so “special” here in the beautiful farming country of Fauquier. Last Thursday the Fauquier County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) conducted a hearing to enforce several “violations” committed by a farm in Paris Virginia. If you are a farmer, if you are attempting to make a living from your farm and if you conduct retail sales or tours on your own farm, this is a hearing that you need to be aware of. It would appear farmer-friendly Fauquier ain’t so friendly anymore. For those who were not watching, the “Farm Sales” use category identified by Section 3-318.21 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance was added to the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance through approval of a text amendment by the Board of Supervisors on July 14, 2011. This means if you sell ANYTHING on your farm to an “end user”, you must obtain an Administrative Special Permit. Evidently any prior permit or license you had to sell the hard work produced on your farm now means nothing. You have to start over......The Rutherford Institute, in a three page legal argument against this ruling, included this paragraph: “Please be aware that The Rutherford Institute takes a serious interest in this case from a civil liberties perspective, as it involves basic rights that must be treated with proper respect from all levels of government. In our view, it is a tyrannical authority that would interfere with a private landowner’s right to merely sell products of agriculture undertaken on the property itself – especially in light of the fact that similar activities are permitted on other properties throughout the county.  Read more........


The Corn is Dying All Over America - The Economic Collapse All over America the corn is dying. If drought conditions persist in the middle part of the country, wheat and soybeans will be next. Weeks of intense heat combined with extraordinarily dry conditions have brought many U.S. corn farmers to the brink of total disaster. If there is not significant rainfall soon, many farmers will be financially ruined. This period of time is particularly important for corn because this is when pollination is supposed to happen. But the unprecedented heat and the extremely dry conditions are playing havoc with that process. With each passing day things get even worse. We have seen the price of a bushel of corn soar 41 percent since June 14th. That is an astounding rise. You may not eat much corn directly, but it is important to realize that corn or corn syrup is just about in everything these days.  Read more.......

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