Calls to Senate Needed for Conservation Reform Act HB1488


Sen. John C. Watkins (R) 804-698-7510 (chairman)
Sen. Kenneth C. Alexander (D) 804-698-7505
Sen. A. Benton Chafin, Jr. (R) 804-698-7538
Sen. Charles J. Colgan (D) 804-698-7529
Sen. John A. Cosgrove, Jr. (R) 804-698-7514
Sen. Rosalyn R. Dance (D) 804-698-7516
Sen. Jeffrey L. McWaters (R) 804-698-7508
Sen. Stephen D. Newman (R) 804-698-7523
Sen. Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R) 804-698-7503
Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R) 804-698-7526
Sen. Richard L. Saslaw (D) 804-698-7535
Sen. William M. Stanley, Jr. (R) 804-698-7520
Sen. Walter A. Stosch (R) 804-698-7512
Sen. Richard H. Stuart (R) 804-698-7528
Sen. Frank W. Wagner (R) 804-698-7507


COME BE HEARD! THIS THURSDAY @ 11am SENATE Room B at the General Assembly Building The address for GA for This Thursday is 1000 Bank Street Richmond, VA 23219. For specific directions, please call (804) 698-1788


HB1488 is going before the Virginia Agriculture Senate This THURSDAY 2/12 at 9am ! It passed the House but we need help to get it through the Ag Senate.

Please help us with a massive email and phone call push to the House Senate Ag are strangled off the land. Ask Joel Salatin! He wrote an article a while ago called “Beware of Sincere Sounding Conservation Easements” in Flavour Magazine a few years back.

HB1488 provides protections for landowners against abusive land trusts by providing accountability, standards and oversight.

We need a tremendous showing of grass roots support for property rights in the Commonwealth!!!

When One Virginia family suffers under the boot of abusive Tyranny, We ALL Suffer.


PLEASE email and call these senators:

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)-,
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) –,
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon) –,
Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke) –,
Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville) –,
Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond) –,
Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News) –,
Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston) –,
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville) –,
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta) –,
Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian) –,
Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg) –

THANK YOU and God bless you all!!!

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

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Update – Your Calls are Helping Property Rights!

Update – Your Calls are Helping Property Rights!

Today HB 1488 was Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee (20-Y 2-N)

BUT…. What’s Next?

CALL Your Delegates! Tell them to vote YES for property rights and YES for HB 1488!!

Get your Delegate contact info:

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AG Rules Fauquier Winery Ordinance Illegal Day After County Ad Touts Business Friendliness

from Fauquier Free Citizen

by Mark Fitzgibbons

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued an opinionruling on July 19 that provisions of the controversial Fauquier County winery ordinance are illegal.

General Cuccinilli’s opinion said that certain other provisions on which he did not rule may be illegal, but such illegality would be determined based on facts and circumstances.  His ruling was narrowly tailored to the law.

About a dozen Fauquier wineries sued the county after enactment of the ill-conceived ordinance, which violates the Virginia winery statute.  The ordinance is very anti-winery.

Read the rest at Fauquier Free Citizen:

Read the Attorney General’s Opinion:

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Conservation Easements and the Urge to Rule

from Fauquier Free Citizen

By Tom DeWeese

Conservation easements. The Green Mafia tells us this is the only way to save the family farm. Without its tax credits and restrictions on development rights, America will be paved over and Astroturf will replace sod. We’re in crisis, they tell us. However, as H.L Mencken once warned, “A plan to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.”

pec_logoConservation and environmental groups openly advocate the conservation easements as the answer to saving farm land, as do state departments of agriculture, farm bureaus, and the federal government. A full court press is on to lock in millions of acres of private property under the blazing headline “Save the Family Farm.”

There’s no question that the family farm is under assault. Taxes, international trade agreements, inflation, and government regulations are eating away at the ability to keep the farm operating. I’ve never met a farmer who wanted to give up and stop working the land that perhaps his ancestors first acquired. In most cases it’s agony for a farmer to decide to sell his property. On the other hand, the land is his main asset. To provide a good life for the family, selling the land, many times to developers is necessary for survival.

However, there is now a much more lethal threat facing small farmers, and the outrageous fact is, this threat is being disguised as a way to help them. The real threat is the green solution – “conservation easements.” And farmers are falling into its trap across the country.

Read the rest at Fauquier Free Citizen:


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How Unelected Green Groups Abuse Power

from: Roanoke Tea Party Posts

But you don’t have to go to the left coast to find government abuse of farmers. And the abuse doesn’t always come from the Feds.

Some of you may know the name Martha Boneta. She is a farmer who was the namesake for the Boneta Farm Bill that failed in last year’s General Assembly. Boneta ran afoul of local ordinances because she was (amongst other “subversive things”) putting up signs on her property to sell her own farm produce on her own property.

What you may not know is that she has been the target of local governmental  groups for some time. According to this article from her local paper:

While recent media coverage of the Boneta case is largely concentrated on the questionable legality of the modifications county officials made to the local zoning laws in July 2011, Boneta’s supporters are convinced the lawsuit filed by the PEC in 2009 over the terms of the conservation easement is what ultimately precipitated the battle over property rights in Virginia, the subsequent action by county officials and possibly the IRS audit.

The PEC suit was settled in September 2011. But by that time, the county had implemented controversial changes to local zoning ordinances. The Boneta Bill (House Bill 1430) includes language that would reverse these changes and clarify key provisions of the state’s Right to Farm Act.

What is the PEC? That would be the Piedmont Environmental Council. They are one of the numerous regional “green” authorities around Virginia that are given governmental authority without any elective process or accountability. From their website, it all looks like harmless green nonsense, but they have the authority to regulate conservation easements that are granted to landowners in that area.

Read more about how PEC controls our land despite not being an elected or accountable office:

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Farm Freedom Gaining Support

From E. W. Jackson: Government Policies Should Encourage Farming Not Discourage It
Harrisonburg, VA – Today in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, E.W. Jackson, candidate for Lt. Governor, spoke out in support of family farmers and his commitment to fight for farm and food freedom.

“We need to get government off the backs of our local farmers or they will end up on the endangered species list,” said Jackson. “Not only do family farms create jobs, but they are the best source for healthy food. Unfortunately, government regulations and taxes are killing this vital industry.”

Like so many other businesses across Virginia, farms are being financially destroyed by the high taxes, the cost of regulations, bureaucratic red tape and infringement of property rights. During the years of 2011 and 2013, farms with less than $100,000 in agricultural sales decreased by 300.

“When our state and federal governments are getting in the way of our 400 year old agricultural business, there is something drastically wrong. I trust our local farmers not government bureaucrats. As your next Lt. Governor I will fight to see that we end the practice of government bureaucrats getting between us and a g
lass of milk,” said Jackson.

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Martha Boneta: A Linchpin Between The Clinton & Obama Administration’s IRS Scandals

Martha Boneta. Do you know the name? Maybe you will remember.

Martha owns a farm in Fauquier County, VA, an area best known as a bedroom community for the District of Columbia. Martha might just be one of the linchpins that tie together several of the current Administration’s violations of our constitutionally guaranteed protections. (See Amendment IV).


Marha Boneta

Martha Boneta on her farm in Fauquier County, VA

Martha made the mistake of wanting to sell fruits and vegetables grown on her little farm. Of course her entrepreneurial spirit was in contrast to the existing mindset among her neighboring government employees. So they established a “Piedmont Environmental Council” to rezone her property, and then threatened to sue her for being in violation of their newly enacted regulations.


But they picked on the wrong person. Martha retaliated by persuading the Virginia General Assembly to introduce the Right to Farm Act, also known as “The Boneta Bill.” It passed Virginia’s House of Delegates by a 77-22 margin last February, but as usual got bottled up in the politically divided Senate. So what happened next? Martha got audited by the Internal Revenue Service. Twice. Imagine that!

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