Ag bill needs action

To the Editor, The Farm Fresh Restoration Act of 2008 (H616) was presented to the Vermont State House Agriculture Committee on January 17, 2008 with a record number of 66 co-sponsors. This bill presents an opportunity for dairy farmers to sell unlimited quantities of farm fresh milk directly to consumers and also allows them to advertise their products availability. Presently farmers are restricted to selling only 25 quarts a day to consumers and are not allowed to advertise. The bill proposes certification with standards that the farmer would need to meet in order to take advantage of this freedom. Consumers should have the right to choose to purchase farm fresh milk and through advertising know where it can be obtained. Since January 17 the bill has remained on the wall of the House Agriculture Committee with no action taken. I urge the committee to move forward with this bill. Locally produced food is good for the consumer and good for the community. Millicent R. Johnson
Mount Holly, Vermont

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