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Our Take - We can now all find agreement

Published Nov. 12, 2009 | Discuss this article on Facebook
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Ohio farmers posted tens of thousands of signs across the state that showed voters family farmers supported Issue 2.

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The 36 percent of Ohio voters who did not favor Issue 2 are probably not all members of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Many were likely thinking citizens who carefully scrutinized the issue and ultimately arrived at a different  conclusion than the majority of voters who said "Yes."

For those who chose to debate the issue on its merits, the primary concern centered on whether Issue 2 was an appropriate method of government oversight.

But voters have answered that question and the Livestock Care Standards Board has been established. We should now all agree that it must live up to its constitutional charge of protecting Ohio farms, families and animals.

We should agree that this board will have its greatest success when farmers and consumers are most engaged.

We should agree that Washington D.C.-based activists now have no place in dictating rules to Ohio farmers.

And we should agree that if we stay united, we can ensure prosperity for farmers of all shapes and sizes in Ohio.

 

Full Photo Caption: Anybody who drove the countryside knew that Issue 2 wasn’t just about “Big Ag” as opponents claimed. Ohio farmers posted tens of thousands of signs across the state that showed voters that may family farmers supported the measure.



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