23 May

Virginia Farmer Who Secured Property Rights Legislation Named Executive VP Of Reagan PAC

After challenging the power and influence of well-funded green activists in Virginia, Martha Boneta has been named executive vice president of Citizens for the Republic, a grassroots conservative group based in Alexandria, Va.

Boneta, who owns and operates the 64-acre Liberty Farm located in Paris, Va., about an hour’s drive west of Washington D.C., gained national attention in recent years as a result of her highly-publicized dispute with the Piedmont Environmental Council over the terms and conditions of a conservation easement that sits on her property. Boneta has produced evidence in the form of emails records obtained through FOIA requests that show the environmental council has been colluding with government officials and realtors in an effort to force Boneta off her property.

Meanwhile Boneta has worked to secure property rights legislation in the Virginia General Assembly now signed into law that decrease the regulatory burden on farmers while also providing for increased oversight of the conservation program and the actions of nonprofit land trusts like Piedmont Environmental Council. She also received a joint senate and House Commendation from the Virginia General Assembly for outstanding service to the state and nation. Boneta was awarded one of the nation’s “50 Most Amazing Women” by Country Woman.

A documentary titled: “Farming in Fear” featured Boneta’s legislative successes. The film received significant awards, including the “People’s Choice Award” at the Anthem Film Festival.

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