It’s a sunset that could set on oyster farming in Virginia forever. Virginia farmers have been under assault for years. It doesn’t make any sense. Why would farmers be attacked? The very element that Virginia was famous for, what Virginia was founded on, and what makes Virginia great is our farm land.
Whether we have livestock or agriculture. Our farms provide more than just beautiful scenery. Our farms afford us sustainable living and farmers take stock in the land with pride in what they produce. More information can be found HERE. The Virginia code for oyster farming can be found HERE and HERE.
Anthony Bavuso is one of those farmers. This is not just a way of life for him but for his family. Oyster farmers have been historically known in Virginia and especially in York County. To discontinue oyster farming would be like cutting off one’s right arm. It would be destroying part of Virginia’s history.
So what right? Is it legal? Is it safe? How does it affect the environment? Watch this video and see for yourself just how amazing these farmers are and the pride they take in the land their family has lived on for centuries.
When I hear of egregious government and abuse of power it becomes more clear why so many voted for Trump. Our government has turned on its people. The very servants no longer serve but misuse the authority that has so preciously been given.
What is happening in York is nothing more than vindictive abuse of power. Citizens should not have to fight their very own tax dollars to save their way of life. I encourage you to put government back on the side of the people and restore the faith in our legislators. The chronology chain of events can be found HERE.
I applaud Delegate Nick Freitas and Senator Jill Vogel for their efforts in restoring government on the side of the people they serve. Please encourage legislators on both House Counties, Cities and Towns Committee and Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources to HB 1897 and SB1529. Those committees will vote on these bills that can save yet another farmer under attack.
Contact information for the Virginia House Counties, Cities and Towns Sub-Committee #2:
Christopher Stolle, Chairman (R-District 83)
Daniel W. Marshall III (R – District 14)
James [Will] Morefield (R – District 3)
Tony O. Wilt (R – District 26)
Keith M. Hodges (R – District 98)
Michael J. Webert (R – District 18)
Todd E. Pillion (R – District 4)
Stephen E. Heretick (D – District 79)
Michael P. Mullin (D – District 93)
E.E. Cliff Hayes Jr. (D – District 93)
Contact information for the Virginia Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources:
Richard Stuart (Chairman) (R – District 28)
Emmett Hanger (R – District 24)
Frank Ruff (R – District 15)
Mark Obenshain (R – District 26)
J. Chapman Petersen (D – District 34)
David Marsden (D – District 37)
William Stanley (R – District 20)
Richard Black (R – District 13)
Adam Ebbin (D – District 30)
Lynwood Lewis (D – District 6)
A. Benton Chafin (R – District 38)
Rosalyn Dance (D – District 16)
David Suetterlein (R – District 19)
T. Montgomery Mason (D – District 1)
Jennifer McClellan (D – District 9)