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This bill requires county commissions to adopt and implement county farmland protection programs.
Provides for the Department of General Services to establish procurement procedures to facilitate the purchase of Virginia-grown food products by state agencies and institutions and local public school divisions to the maximum extent possible. The bill also provides local school divisions with an exemption from competitive sealed bidding under certain circumstances when procuring Virginia-grown food … Continued
Provides that land engaged in agricultural qualifies for enrollment in a voluntary agricultural district even if it does not qualify for current use value taxation.
Establishes the Healthy Schools Fund encouraging local food sourcing in schools. Provides definitions of “Local foods” and outlines program requirements.
Exempts the sale of certain nonpotentially hazardous foods at farmers’ markets from licensing and inspection requirements.
This bill establishes and describes requirements for the taking of prime farmland by eminent domain.
Creates the Virginia Farmland Preservation Fund, to consist of funds as may be appropriated by the General Assembly and other public or private sources. The funds will be used solely for the purposes of preserving farmland in the Commonwealth and will be administered by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Creates the Wyoming Food Freedom Act exempting certain sales from licensure, certification and inspection. The purpose of the Wyoming Food Freedom Act is to allow for the sale and consumption of homemade foods and to encourage the expansion and accessibility of farmers markets, ranch, farm and home based sales and producer to informed end consumer … Continued
Limits the maximum amount that any taxpayer may receive in land preservation tax credits to $10 million annually, beginning in calendar year 2012.