Ohio Livestock Coalition announces Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium

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The Ohio Livestock Coalition will hold its 13th Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium on April 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the All Occasions Catering and Banquet Center in Waldo. The symposium will feature four speakers who will cover a variety of topics and issues facing animal agriculture.

The keynote speaker for the symposium this year is David Martosko of the Center for Consumer Freedom. Martosko will lead attendees in a discussion about dealing with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which he believes is the biggest threat facing animal agriculture.

The Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit watchdog group supported by a unique mixture of industry stakeholders and members of the general public. Martosko is the center’s director of research and serves as the principle expert on the animal rights movement.

“With HSUS’ recent announcement that it is pursuing a ballot initiative here in Ohio, we believe folks will find Mr. Martosko’s presentation insightful, as well as the additional issues and topics that will be discussed,” said David White, executive director of the Ohio Livestock Coalition.

Following Martoko’s presentation, Tim Amlaw of the American Humane Association will talk about reasonable approaches to animal care and well-being and Ohio Director of Agriculture Robert Boggs will provide an update on the Livestock Care Standards Board. Rounding out the program will be the American Dairy Association Mideast’s Scott Higgins who will explain how to keep consumer confidence in animal agriculture.

The 2010 Environmental Stewardship and Neighbor of the Year Awards also will be announced at the symposium.

Cost to register is $35 before March 25. For more information, visit www.ohiolivestock.org or contact Amy Hurst at [email protected] or 614-246-8262.

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