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Hawkins says the animals will be cared for at the state's temporary holding facility in Reynoldsburg, until a sanctuary that meets state requirements can be identified.
Presenting the awards, Michael Bailey, chief of the ODNR Division of Soil and Water, said the farmers of today face a multitude of challenges, from weather challenges, to changes in technology and the most recent issues dealing with water quality.
Stan Smith, program assistant for agriculture and natural resources for The Ohio State University Extension office in Lancaster, said many pumpkin farms have struggled this year from heavy rainfall and disease.
Robots will be the farmers of the future. A company in Japan is building an indoor lettuce farm that will be completely tended by robots and computers. The company, named Spread, expects the factory to open in 2017, and the fully automated farming process could make the lettuce cheaper and better for the environment.
“We’re going to be able to sell more products, more services, American agriculture, American manufacturing — we’re going to be able to get those to markets, and American companies that produce here in the United States are not going to be disadvantaged, relative to these markets” Obama said.