The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) recently-created Center for Food and Animal Issues has assembled its team of professionals that will facilitate discussion over society’s relationship to animals.
OFBF created the Center in May to bring together diverse interests including farmers, consumers, zoos, hunters, researchers and pet owners to make sure all voices are heard as decisions about animals are considered. The Center will develop programs and partnerships that promote dialog among all stakeholders who benefit from animals in their lives.
A core belief of the Center is that people have a right to use animals and a responsibility to do so humanely.
The Center will be led by Mike Bumgarner, OFBF vice president, who brings an extensive national background in the livestock industry. Other team members include Director of Food Programs Leah Dorman, D.V.M, formerly the assistant state veterinarian, and Executive Assistant Wanda Campbell, who has years of experience working with OFBF’s grassroots network of family farmers.
The Center’s latest addition is David White, most recently OFBF’s senior director of policy research and development. In his new role as senior director of issues management and the Animals for Life Foundation, White will be engaged in identifying, researching and monitoring animal issues and oversight of the Center’s fundraising efforts. White has served in a variety of capacities during his 20-year Farm Bureau career, including organization director, director of commodity relations and executive director of the Ohio Livestock Coalition. White is a native of Paoli, Ind. and is a graduate of Purdue University
“We have assembled an outstanding group with knowledge of all aspects of animal issues,” Bumgarner said. “Their collective experience will ensure that the Center gives thoughtful consideration to questions regarding the proper role of animals.”