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Buckeye Farm News

 Preserving Ohio’s natural resources is important to farmers.  – Staff represented OFBF and Lake Erie Basin agricultural interests at the first meeting of the Ohio Great Lakes Compact Advisory Board and participated in a Natural Resources Conservation Service meeting to help develop the statewide score sheet to qualify applicants for the 2009 general EQIP program.

County Farm Bureaus receive support from state staff.   – Staff represented OFBF at a Butler County Farm Bureau legislative meeting, Fairfield County Farm Bureau’s membership campaign kick-off and Greene County’s Farmer’s Share Breakfast.

Ohio agricultural groups are collaborating as animal rights groups target the state. – OFBF gave presentations about animal rights/welfare issues to Crawford County Cattlemen’s Association, OFBF Young Agricultural Professionals conference, Fairfield County Farm Bureau’s membership campaign kick-off, Greene County Farm Bureau’s Farmer’s Share Breakfast and Buckeye Veal producers/growers. Staff met with the Ohio Association of Meat Processors and Ohio Grocers Association to discuss the impact animal welfare/rights group could have on members. OFBF also participated in interviews with print media regarding activities of the Humane Society of the United States in Ohio.

Ohio farmers need up-to-date information on changing regulations.   – OFBF attended the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Milk Sanitation Board of Directors meeting to receive information about proposed testing/fee structuring changes.

Lawmakers need background on farm and agricultural issues to produce sound policies.   – OFBF met with the new Ohio House Agriculture Committee chair, speaker of the Ohio House and Ohio House minority leader to discuss various agricultural policy issues.

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.