Cost-Share Legislation

By: Emily Brown Email
By: Emily Brown Email

Beginning Teusday, the Virginia Farm Show is taking place in Fishersville.

This year, the show's major focus is on legislation concerning cost-share practices, which has been sponsored by Delegate Steve Landes of Weyers Cave.

The legislation, currently in the State's General Assembly, would help farmers reduce pollution run-off.

Lawmakers want $100 million to fund the cost-share programs annually by using money from existing sales taxes.

Experts say using cost-share practices state-wide could reduce pollution by 12 million pounds.

"I think this legislation is important, in that it provides a stable source of funding for these best management practices, as implemented by our state Soil and Water Conservation District," says John Welsh, Chespeake Bay Foundation.

There are more than 300 booths at the Farm Show this year at the Expo Center in Fishersville. It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.


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