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Ohio well represented at American Farm Bureau voting delegate session
Ohio Farm Bureau members and their policy positions were well represented at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting. The delegate body accepted several Ohio resolutions, adding them to national policy.
“Ohio Farm Bureau delegates were actively engaged in the policy development process at annual meeting, and spoke from the floor on several key issues including dairy policy, pharmaceutical prescriptions for animals, livestock identification and crop insurance,” said Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Legislative and Regulatory Policy Yvonne Lesicko.
Ohio Farm Bureau proposed resolutions accepted at the meeting including clarifying language on how family farm ownership is defined, and policy to support the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer at farm markets and farmers markets.
In addition, Ohio delegates were successful in offering a policy change from the floor that would eliminate the barrier of economic modeling as a condition for consideration of a specialty crop for crop insurance.
Farm bill policy also was amended to remove the specific reference to target prices and include broader language supporting risk management options.
“Ohio Farm Bureau was instrumental in farm bill policy being changed,” Lesicko said.