Buckeye Farm News
Final thoughts on Issue 2
Issue 2 is not about an ideology. It is about a reality. The world is changing. And we mustn’t think that we can take no action today and be prepared for the fights that await us.
Yes, we will stand together when the challenges come. But we must equip ourselves now. We must answer the call of the public before the opposition does. Farmers are few. Our critics are strong. And while Issue 2 is not the complete answer; it is a turning point.
How society will come to terms with its relationship to the animals we care for is a blank page. By Ohioans or by outsiders, the rules will be written.
As some seek to divide us, we can still recognize our common belief in this way of life that we have shared for generations.
So come together. Ask questions. Voice concerns. Tell your story. And stay united. Always remember that our values are constant regardless of what happens in any election.
We will do what’s right for our consumers, our animals and the next generation of farmers. We will do that by staying engaged.
There are just two weeks left to get our message to the villages and cities across Ohio.
Here’s how you can take action to let consumers know that a “Yes” vote on Issue 2 is good for all Ohioans as well as the animals that provide for us all.
Get out the vote
Vote early and encourage others to do the same.
Get yard signs (from your county Farm Bureau) into the hands of friends and family who live in the city. Put a sign on your harvesting equipment.
Call from your combine
Keep an ear on talk radio and listen for opportunities to call in and encourage listeners to vote ‘Yes’ for Issue 2.
Send a letter to the editor of the newspaper. Comments are also needed on tv and newspaper Web site message boards. Go online to share your thoughts. Stay connected at facebook.com/OhioFarmBureau
Make it personal
Personal stories are the most effective way to show that you care for animals. Bottle feeding calves, staying up during lambing season or checking cows on a cold night are great examples of how livestock farmers go above and beyond to provide excellent animal care.
Write a letter
Use your Christmas card list to send a personal note to non-farm friends and family urging a “Yes” vote on Issue 2.