Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Department of
Agriculture (WVDA) is notifying the public of several changes made to
agriculture rules and regulations passed during the 2018 legislative
session. A total of seven rule changes were proposed by the WVDA and
approved by the West Virginia Legislature and Governor Jim Justice. Most of
these rules will be in effect as of Sunday, April 29rd. The changes to
61-11B “Auctioneers” will take effect Monday, August 6th.
innovations and federal guidelines change on a yearly basis. This requires
the WVDA to update rules and regulations to modern standards. The
department is here to help farmers and producers understand these changes,”
said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt.
House Bill 4079
approved the following agriculture rules: 61-01 Animal Disease Control,
61-02 WV Apiary Law, 61-08B Fruit Inspection, 61-11B Auctioneers, 61-14A
Noxious Weeds, 61-16 Inspection of Meat/Poultry and 61-23D Inspection of
Nontraditional, Domesticated Animals.
61-01 – “Animal Disease Control” allows Honor Flocks (Sheep)
and Honor Herds (Goats) to submit certifications online or via mail. In
addition, certified flocks or herds can be approved for entry to fairs or
festivals by the Commissioner of Agriculture or through a Certificate of
Veterinary Inspection (CVI).
61-02 – “WV Apiary Law” changes the registration date for
apiary licenses from December 31st to
61-11B – “Auctioneers” changes the minimum bond requirement
for auctioneers from $10,000 to $25,000 and sets up procedures to increase
bonds on disciplinary cases.
61-14A – “Noxious Weeds” adds kudzu effective immediately
and Japanese Barberry by July 1, 2020 to the Noxious Weeds list. Plants on
the Noxious Weeds List cannot be commercially grown, harvested or sold in
61-23D – “Inspection of Nontraditional, Domesticated
Animals” increases the number of rabbits slaughtered that are exempt from
inspections from 1,000 to 20,000. In addition, exempted rabbit meat
products may now be sold to retail stores, restaurants and distributors.
This mirrors changes made in previous years to backyard flock regulations.
people to reach out to the department if they have any questions. Our
philosophy is to educate before we regulate,” Leonhardt said.
For questions or
more information, please contact the WVDA at 304-558-3550 or Jodee Martin