Policy & Politics

Comments submitted on Jan. 3, 2008 regarding Hypoxia

Published Jan. 7, 2008

Comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the draft 2008 Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Action Plan

Comments submitted on Mar. 27, 2008 regarding Animal Waste

Published Mar. 31, 2008

Comments sent to U.S. EPA. OFBF believes air emissions from animal waste on farms should be exempt from reporting requirements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response and Recovery Act of 1980 (CERCLA) & the Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).

Comments submitted on Apr. 7, 2008 regarding NPDES

Published Apr. 11, 2008

RE: Supplemental notice of proposed rule making - Revised NPDES regulations for Concentrated Feeding Operations.

Comments submitted on Apr. 14, 2008 regarding H-2A

Published Apr. 18, 2008

RE: proposed rule - temporary agricultural employment of H-2A aliens. Letter submitted jointly by Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association & Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Comments submitted on Oct. 23, 2008 regarding Methyl Bromide

Published Oct. 23, 2008

Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association members produce virtually every kind of agricultural commodity including strawberries. As a result, these organizations are interested in the U.S. EPA re-registration eligibility decision regarding methyl bromide and chloropicrin. Many of the proposals would be very cumbersome, expensive and impossible for small scale strawberry producers to meet. Many Ohio strawberry producers have simply stated they would have to stop producing strawberries if required to meet all the new practices outlined in this proposal. To this regard, we request that Agency consider flexible requirements for growers of different scale, economic ability and production location.

Testimony by Bob Peterson on Nov. 18, 2008 regarding NPDES

Published Nov. 18, 2008

Mr. Peterson supports the U.S. EPA's approval of Ohio’s application to revise the Ohio NPDES program, to allow ODA to administer the parts of the program pertaining to concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and storm water associated with construction activity at animal feeding operations here in Ohio. Approval would transfer the authority from Ohio EPA to ODA as authorized by Ohio Senate Bill 141.

Comments regarding regulating greenhouse gases

Published Nov. 25, 2008

Filed November 25, 2008. Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for regulating greenhouse gases under the Federal Clean Air Act.

Comments submitted on Dec. 15, 2008 regarding the transfer of NPDES program

Published Dec. 19, 2008

Ohio requested US EPA approve a revision to the Ohio NPDES program to allow ODA to administer the parts of the program pertaining to concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and storm water associated with construction activity at animal feeding operations in Ohio.

Testimony by Steve Hirsch on May 14, 2009 regarding food safety

Published May. 18, 2009

Steve Hirsch with Hirsch Fruit Farm testified before the US House of Representatives. Hirsch's message was that different fruit and vegetable farms in Ohio have different environments and operation size, which require different food safety practices. However, all Ohio produce farms tailor their food safety practices to provide the customer the safest and highest quality of food possible. Hirsch testified that one single national, one-size-fits all structure will not work and a national food safety system that allows for specific on-farm practices to be developed at the state level will achieve the best results.

Testimony by Lisa Schacht on Proposed Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement

Published Jan. 18, 2010

Thank you for holding this hearing in Columbus on this very important issue of food safety and the handling of leafy green produce. I am Lisa Schacht, together with my family we operate Schacht Family Farm and Schacht Farm Market located here is Franklin County, Ohio...