SIGNED – HB 1763 / SB 1162 – Tax Credits for BMPs
Tax credit; agricultural best management practices.
When talking to farmers about clean water goals, time and again, we hear that the real barrier to implementing practices like stream-side fencing and riparian buffers of trees and shrubs is the cost. This bill increases the amount available through tax credits to farmers for implementing water quality improvement practices approved by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, practices that tend to also lead to increased herd-health and farm productivity. So, in the Alliance’s view this bill is win-win-win for farmers, our water and our local agriculture economy.
HB 1763 Introduced by: Delegate Tony Wilt (District 26)
SB 1162 Introduced by: Senator Emmett Hanger (District 24)
A mostly good session in Richmond for farmland protection and clean water
Several of the bills that we supported are on Governor Northam’s desk awaiting signature, and the budget ended up relatively strong for clean water and farmland protection programs, considering current fiscal constraints.
ACT NOW – for trails, clean water and protected landscapes
It’s shaping up to be a pretty good session for conservation, but the next couple of days are critical and legislators need to hear from you now.