After two years and pressing $700,000.00 fines looming above him…Mark Baker of Bakers Green Acres is free to raise his hogs.
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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.
Please be wary, I think he may try to reintroduce it again next year.