The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) thanks Ohio lawmakers for their unanimous support of legislation that will allow the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board to move forward.
The board was established by voters last November when they supported Issue 2 by a nearly 2 to 1 margin. It will consist of family farmers, consumers, veterinarians, local humane advocates and others who will have a comprehensive and transparent discussion as they determine farm animal care standards for Ohio.
Both the House and Senate worked diligently to develop legislation that carries out the will of Ohio voters in a fair, open and fiscally responsible manner. In particular, OFBF thanks Reps. Allan Sayre, D-Dover and Linda Bolon, D-Columbiana, as well as Sen. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, for their bipartisan leadership.
“This is another important step forward in solidifying Ohio as a national leader in livestock care,” said Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President John C. (Jack) Fisher. “We encourage everyone to engage in the public process as the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board considers not only what is best for animals, but also what is best for Ohioans.”
- Robert Boggs, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture will chair the board. View his statement upon the passage of the implementing legislation.