Ag signage bill headed to Senate

HB 309, Expand Agricultural Outdoor Advertising, a bill that would expand the allowance of farm advertising signs along North Carolina highways, passed the N.C. House Wednesday and is now headed to the Senate for consideration. SB 315, the N.C. Farm Act of 2019, also includes a provision to expand allowance of farm advertising signs along North Carolina highways, and might be considered in committee next week.

Many new bills were filed in the Senate this week, as Thursday was the filing deadline for this session. N.C. Farm Bureau is still sorting through the bills that were filed just before the deadline. The House filing deadline is later this month.

Among the last bills filed in the Senate this week was SB 509, Prohibit Herd Shares, a companion bill to HB 385, Prohibit Herd Shares. Both bills would repeal statutes enacted last year that allow the public to purchase a share of a dairy herd and in return have access to raw milk from those animals. HB 385 has been referred to the Agriculture and Health committees for considerations.