Thursday, January 31, 2013

SB 1309: Compulsory Education in Composting

Virginia Senate Bill 1309 will, if passed by the House of Delegates, require some farmers to be "certified" in "nutrient management," i.e. composting, programs recommended by a Soil and Water Conservation Board. The bill mentions farmers who are not required to be "certified" but does not explain which farmers those are. It mentions that the farmers will be required to pay some fees for this compulsory education scheme. It does not mention how expensive "certification" will be.

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?131+ful+SB1309S1

I don't like it; maybe if there were some indication that only large-scale farms were affected by it I would feel less concerned about the small family farms that tend to be hit harder by regulations like this one. Nevertheless, all forty State Senators voted for it today. If you don't like it, you'd better send a message to your Delegate now.