Join members of the food and farm community at the West Virginia State Capitol on February 23, 2017 to show your support for good food and agriculture policies. Your presence at the legislature on this day represents the diverse initiatives and support behind this movement. Let’s share our stories and communicate the impact of this statewide food and farm community to our legislators.
* First 20 registrants will be entered into a drawing to receive a SWAG pack from the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition Store.
**Farmers and food and farm business owners: Contact us about lunch fee waivers, travel and accommodation reimbursements, and/or any additional assistance needed to participate in the event.
9:45AM- Meet in the Upper Rotunda (House Side): WVFFC staff members will be waiting at security to help direct you to this location.
9:00AM – 11:00AM- Meetings with Legislators
11:00AM – 12:00PM- Reading of the Senate Resolution and Group Photo
12:15PM- 1:45PM- Celebratory Luncheon/Rally @ Bluegrass Kitchen
2:00PM- Afternoon Meetings with Legislators from home districts
Cottage Foods – In partnership with the WV Farmers Market Association, this bill is a would allow small-batched, home-based food processing (canning) to be sold at farmers markets. (More info to come)
Surface Owners Rights Reunification Bill – In Partnership with the Surface Owners Rights Organization, this bill would allow surface owners the opportunity to purchase their mineral rights if they come up from sale at auction. More info can be found here.
Rabbit Rule Exemption – This policy effort seeks to change the current on-farm rabbit processing rule to allow more rabbits to be processed on-farm and to allow for sale to restaurants.
Farm to Food Bank – This bill would give farmers up to a $2500 tax credit for donating farm product to food banks. The credit is good for up
Farm to Institution – This bill was introduced in 2016 and would give WV farm vendors an 8% price preference when bidding on institutional contracts. This bill also resolves to have 15% of institutional purchasing fulfilled by in-state vendors.2017 Legislative Packet
Meet with a Legislator
When you register for the event, you will be asked if there is an issue that you’d like to advocate for, or if you’d like to meet with Legislator in your district. Don’t worry! We’ll schedule to meet with Legislators in teams!
Contact Evelyn Hartman, Food & Farm Community Relations Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions!
Join an Issue Team
Interested in joining an Issue Team to support the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition’s policy agenda? Get connected with fellow advocates, coordinate efforts, receive regular updates and step-by-step instructions to advocate for your issue(s). Sign up here.
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