H.B. 1430 – Facts and Fiction

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H.B. 1430 amends the Right to Farm Act (RFA) in just three simple ways.

1.  It clarifies that the RFA includes the commerce of farming and farmers.   This helps farmers, their families and their communities preserve the benefits of farm life.

A.  It covers byproducts so that farmers may sell value-added goods that they have traditionally sold such handmade farm crafts, goats milk soap, beeswax candles, and wool-woven items.

B.  It allows farmers to sell limited amounts of “incidental” items such as beverages, art, books, and artifacts such as old farm tools.  There is a 50% cap on revenues from such incidental items so that farms remain farms, and are not converted into something other than farms.  And, by the way, books and art are protected by the First Amendment.

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