Farmers Michael Sprang , Matt Boyert  and Michael Vallery hear from several Ohio lawmakers on Capitol Hill

Ohio farmers continue meetings with nation’s lawmakers

Much of the message focused on government spending.

“I think all of you know we’ve got a fiscal crisis in this country,” Voinovich said, noting that more than 50 percent of U.S. debt is held by foreign countries.

House Minority Leader John Boehner addressed the current economic downturn saying that until there is some certainty regarding U.S. financial policy, businesses will be reluctant to make new investments.

He also said that elimination of the estate tax “might be one of the few areas where we can actually come to agreement.”

Boehner, Voinovich and several other legislators also condemned the efforts of the Humane Society of the United States to bring a ballot measure to Ohio that would overturn Issue 2, which established the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

Farmers will continue meetings with their lawmakers Wednesday.



Real-time coverage

Many county presidents, Ohio Farm Bureau staff and accompanying members of the media are tweeting about their experiences in D.C. during the trip. To see them tweet about what’s happening, as it’s happening, visit and search for “#OFBDC”. Updates will also be posted to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Facebook Page.

More updates from the trip will follow throughout the week here at



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