Little is as important to the long-term success of an agricultural operation as the potential productivity and the quality of the soils that make up the land being farmed. I know from my own operation that trying to farm soils that are too wet or too steep will grow ample frustration, but not much in the way of wheat or hay.
It is because of this paramount importance that myself and the rest of the producers on the Loudoun Farm Bureau Board of Directors strongly favor the protection of USDA Class I Agricultural soils in Loudoun. A resolution supporting the protection of prime soils was adopted unanimously at our annual membership meeting, and we are ready to see the goals of that resolution put into action.
While we recognize that there will be some that want the development process to be as unencumbered and cheap as possible, but we represent the views of the majority of our 370-plus producer members and 12 elected producer board members who wish to continue long term in agriculture and pass down agricultural operations to the next generation of Loudoun farmers. Its time Loudoun update its zoning ordinance to match the adopted goals of our new comprehensive plan.
We only get one chance to protect our best land to keep growing and raising high quality local products for our neighbors here in Loudoun, and beyond, and we ask our elected leaders to help us do just that, protect our best farmland soils for farming.
Chris Van Vlack
Loudoun Farm Bureau