Photo courtesy of Mercer County Farm Bureau.

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Animal care promoted in Mercer County

The Mercer County Farm Bureau made a strong statement about animal welfare issues with its county fair display in August. The county Farm Bureau created an “animal care” area at the fair that featured a calf, pigs, chicks and a goat. The display included several interactive areas with the animals, a corn play area and an information station featuring materials about Issue 2 and the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. “The display was a great way to bring in families,” said Steve Zumberge, Mercer County Farm Bureau president. “While the kids interacted with animals, we talked with parents about Issue 2.” More than 2,000 people visited the display during the fair. In the photo below, one of the signs in the display explains responsible animal husbandry to visitors.

Proactive livestock display travels to Delaware County

Delaware County Farm Bureau took notice when an animal activist group recently displayed anti-animal agriculture information in the Delaware Library. In an effort to help educate the public about the positives of animal agriculture, the board formed a committee to put together its own display for the library. Called “Pleased to Meet You,” the display featured five area livestock farm families throughout the month of August and invited library patrons to learn more by visiting the Farm Bureau’s animal display at the county fair and the Web site. According to Organization Director Katie Grove, it was estimated that more than 5,000 people viewed the display. It was such a success that it is being displayed in another county library in Ashley this month and a modified version is being made available in a poster format to display in other local businesses in addition to Issue 2 information.

Diving into his work

Some of OFBF’s organization directors really dive into their work, literally. Ashland, Medina and Wayne county Farm Bureau Organization Director John Fitzpatrick, on bottom in this photo, recently celebrated his birthday in style by jumping out of a plane from 8,000 feet. Fitzpatrick is pictured skydiving into Milton Township in Wayne County. As any good seasoned organization director could do, Fitzpatrick said he could name nearly every farm below him as he dropped at 200 mph.



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