Buckeye Farm News
The campaign to support a November ballot measure that will define how Ohio sets standards for livestock care is taking shape.
The “Ohioans for Livestock Care” campaign will educate voters on why the measure is good for farmers, consumers and animal care in Ohio. Issue 2 is supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) and other agricultural organizations.
In July, legislation to put the issue on the ballot was backed by dairy, cattle, poultry, hog and grain farmers and won overwhelming bipartisan support. The measure would establish a 13-member board of knowledgeable Ohioans, including farmers and veterinarians, to carefully study and implement animal care standards.
“It provides Ohio and Ohio’s farmers with a good way to answer the fundamental question that’s on both farmers’ and consumers ’ minds, which is how will livestock in Ohio be treated, and how will we continue to ensure that Ohioans have an adequate supply of safe, affordable and locally grown food,” said Beth Vanderkooi, OFBF director of state policy.
OFBF believes establishing a thoughtful process, through which Ohioans consider animal care issues, is better public policy than current efforts of national activist groups to illegalize specific farm practices without giving proper consideration to all sides of the debate.
Vanderkooi said ways for farmers to become involved in the campaign include working with their local Farm Bureau and encouraging friends and neighbors to vote in favor of the board.
“The No. 1 way is to become knowledgeable about the issue, to really become a resource in your community,” she said.
Farmers will also have a chance to support the campaign financially through the Ohioans for Livestock Care Political Action Committee.
Paid for by Ohioans for Livestock Care PAC, John C. Fisher, Treasurer, 280 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215.