2017 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Sickles
Encourage Focus on VA Grown Products at Farmer's Markets (language only)

Item 91 #2h

Item 91 #2h

Agriculture and Forestry
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services


Page 82, after line 54, insert:

"N. The department is directed to survey local farmer's markets across the Commonwealth to determine if any local regulations governing the operations of such markets discourage the sale of Virginia products by the use of a locally-grown perimeter rule that gives preference to out-of-state products over products grown in Virginia.  If the department finds any such impediments exist, it shall encourage local farmer's markets to revise their guidelines to ensure that Virginia products are given first preference, regardless of the distance from the particular market.  In instances where a local Virginia grown product already is selling at a particular market, competitors from across the state should be allowed to sell their Virginia grown products provided there are no objections submitted by competing Virginia sellers."


(This amendment directs VDACS to assess requirements governing vendors at farmer's markets across the Commonwealth to ensure that preference is not being given to out of state vendors over Virginia vendors based on a mileage based perimeter rule there are no objections submitted by competing Virginia sellers.)