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Farmers talk water quality, eminent domain with lawmakers

Virginia farmers recently explained to their state legislators why they have been fighting proposed federal water quality regulations and why they want to see Virginia’s constitution amended.

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation leaders visited the General Assembly Jan. 25.

"Agriculture has brought a lot of benefits to the Chesapeake Bay, but they haven’t been recognized in the (Environmental Protection Agency) bay model yet. We appreciated the chance to explain that to our legislators," said Bill Osl, a Cumberland County Farm Bureau board member.

"We continued to ask for a constitutional amendment to protect our private property rights under eminent domain," he added.

Osl is featured on The Real Dirt, a video blog on and


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