Thursday, January 3, 2013

Va. Right to Farm Act - HB1430 - The Boneta Bill: Virginia's Fauquier County's Residents Fight Back - American Policy Center (2) Lingamfelter Adds Teeth to Farm Freedom with Boneta Bill - Fauquier Free Citizen (3) Montana Ranchers Threatened by Federal Land Grabs, American Policy Center, Defend Rural America

Virginia's Fauquier County's Residents Fight Back - American Policy Center - The story of one harassed farmer has lit a spark in this Northern Virginia County where County Supervisors, working hand in hand with environmental forces, are throwing a slew of new regulations at local farmers and rural businesses - especially wineries. If left to stand these victims will be put out of business and property rights diminished. But there are those in the county not willing to take this lying down. Activists have started their own online newspaper to counter the local established paper which will print nothing more than the county government/environmental party line. Now, Martha Boneta (the farmer who was singled out by the county to start all of this) has been forced to shut down her little organic farm store because the county has mysteriously decided not to renew her business license (while fining her $5,000 and perpetrating and IRS audit). Martha and other local activists are choosing to stand up against this locally-grown tyranny and they are making progress. State Delegate Scott Lingamfelter has introduced an amendment to the state's Right to Farm Act, which would essentially make county governments and their officials liable for regulations that violate property rights and commerce. Interesting, the bill calls for fines against the county government and officials in the same amount they would charge a citizen for violation of their illegal regulations. Finally, the little guys will have a weapon to fire back at arrogant governments and their green buddies. 

Lingamfelter Adds Teeth to Farm Freedom with Boneta Bill - Fauquier Free Citizen -  H.B. 1430 – Guaranteeing Individual Liberty and Property Rights for Farmers Legislation protecting the property rights and individual liberties of farmers will be the subject of a press conference January 8 at 11 a.m. in House Room 1 of Richmond’s historic Virginia State Capitol. H.B. 1430 was written in response to overzealous enforcement actions by Fauquier County against farmer Martha Boneta for selling her farm produce, advertising pumpkin carvings, and holding a private birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls. Those unconscionable actions against Martha the farmer resulted in the “Pitchfork Protest” in August that gained national attention. H.B. 1430, the Boneta Bill, is sponsored by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter and amends Virginia’s Right to Farm Act. Read more....... (1) Link to Virginia HB 1430 - Amendment to Virginia Right to Farm Act - Boneta Bill .............  (2) Related Article: Lingamfelter Introduces "The Boneta Bill" in Response to Property Rights Infringements by Government.......
(3) *To receive periodic updates as H.B. 1430 moves thru the Virginia General Assembly......

**Please watch this video as to what is happening in Montana by the Federal Government, this could be coming our way as well.
 Montana Ranchers Threatened by Federal Land Grabs - American Policy Center, Defend Rural America - Federal land grabs have been threatening the agricultural industry in America for decades. Now with plans such as: the introduction of free roaming bison, creation of more National Monuments, the implementation of the Wildlands Project, and other excessive regulations, they are forcing more and more farmers and ranchers off their own land. This threatens not only their way of life and their children’s futures, but also the economic situation in their immediate area and across the country. This is an issue of private property, if they can take it from ranchers in Montana, they can take it from you.

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