ISOs in VA and Bakers Green Acres in Michigan

by Bernadette Barber

Dear Friends,

After two years and pressing $700,000.00 fines looming above him…Mark Baker of Bakers Green Acres is free to raise his hogs.

Please consider donating to Farm to Consumer legal defense.  Story is below.

http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/news_wp/?p=14725

The ruling stemmed from an ISO ( invasive specie order) from Michigan DNR.

Meanwhile, in Virginia, Del. Danny Marshall Chairman of the  Ag Subcommittee  introduced a bill,  HJ 29,  this year and I suspect it would have laid groundwork for a Pig ISO ( invasive specie order) for Virginia.  It was left in the rules committee.  The reason I suspect it would have laid the groundwork for a VA ISO, was that stories were planted in the media over the past year about feral hogs in VA.  If there is a problem of feral hogs, then open season on them is the answer.  We need more local farmers and more local butcher shops and even on farm processing.

http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?141+ful+HJ29

Please be wary, I think he may try to reintroduce it again next year.

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