Buckeye Farm News: 2009 – A Year In Review
OFBF launches Center for Food and Animal Issues
OFBF created the Center for Food and Animal Issues in 2009 to facilitate discussion about society’s relationship to animals.
The Center is a long-term effort 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 also will house the Animals for Life Foundation, which will focus on fundraising efforts to support its mission. A core belief of the Center is that people have a right to use animals and a responsibility to do so humanely.
Learn more by searching for “Center for Food and Animal Issues” at www.ofbf.org.
Farmers Feed US
The past year offered all Ohioans the opportunity to get to know Ohio’s farmers and their families, see them at work, tour their farms and learn more about the dedication to growing safe food, raising healthy livestock and protecting and conserving the land. Through the Farmers Feed US grocery giveaway sweepstakes, Ohioans registered online up to seven times per day for a chance at one of three awards of free groceries for a year. When registering, they viewed photos, videos and facts about Ohio farms. OFBF was a major supporter of the effort along with many commodity organizations.
Coalition campaign spotlights Ohio livestock
OFBF supported the Ohio Livestock Coalition, a collaborative group of Ohio cattlemen, dairy producers, pork producers, sheep and wool producers, corn growers and soybean producers, as it kicked off an extensive two-month media campaign in January that included radio, newspaper and Web site advertisements. The goal was to illustrate the contributions of Ohio’s livestock industry, which provides more than $8.13 billion to the state’s economy and employs more than 47,000 Ohioans. The campaign highlighted three key industry priorities: Ohio livestock producers provide safe and affordable food, are environmentally responsible and take animal care responsibly.
Training helped promote trust in farmers
OFBF hosted Operation Hometown Outreach, a training program that equipped Ohio farmers to speak out for their livelihoods. Farmers learned to become spokespersons for the livestock community in order to promote trust in the U.S. food system. Participants were provided training and then were scheduled to speak with civic organizations about livestock production practices.