Communicating with consumers and improving transparency within animal agriculture are among the topics that will be discussed at the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s (OLC) 15th annual meeting and industry symposium.
This Year’s Speakers
Charlie Arnot, executive vice president of the Center for Food Integrity, will kick-off the event, discussing how farmers should consider communicating with today’s consumers. Mike Martin, director of corporate communications for Cargill, will follow by discussing how animal agriculture stakeholders can improve transparency with the public.
Cargill worked very closely with The Oprah Winfrey Show in February 2011 to share with the television show’s viewers what goes on in a beef cattle feedlot and slaughter plant.
A panel discussion will focus on nutrient management and water quality issues. Panelists will include James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and Scott Nally, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
A year ago, the directors of all three agencies called together a group of more than 150 stakeholders to discuss nutrient management and water quality issues. The panel met several times during a six-month period and earlier this year released a report consisting of various recommendations to address this matter.
The 2012 Environmental Stewardship Awards and Neighbor of the Year Awards will also be presented during the event.The Environmental Stewardship Awards program annually recognizes the outstanding accomplishments made by an individual beef, dairy, pork, poultry and sheep producer in developing and implementing exemplary conservation and natural resource stewardship management practices that protect and enhance the environment while ensuring productivity and profitability.
OLC partners with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation to sponsor two Neighbor of the Year awards – one for a non-farmer resident and one for a livestock farmer. The award recognizes the effort neighbors have made in Ohio’s countryside to positively develop and enhance rural relations and communications.
Date: Sept. 7
Location: NorthPointe Conference Center near Lewis Center, Ohio
Start Time: Registration – 9 a.m. Program – 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $35 per person if received by Aug. 30; $45 per person if received after this date or paid at the door the day of the meeting.