Director David T. Daniels, Ohio Department of Agriculture
Director James Zehringer, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Director Scott J. Nally, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Re: Agricultural Nutrients Proposed Draft Legislation
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF)would like to thank you for the opportunity to review and submit comments on the proposed draft legislation related to agricultural nutrients.
OFBF is the largest general farm organization in the state of Ohio with members in all of Ohio’s 88 counties. Our members produce virtually every kind of agricultural commodity and as a result, OFBF is strongly interested in Ohio’s environmental policies and their potential impact to sustaining a viable agbioresource industry. Each year at the county and state level, our members participate in a comprehensive grassroots policy development process where issues important to them are identified, researched and discussed leading to the development of policies to address these issues. Over 340 delegates from all 88 counties meet annually to vote on and adopt the policy proposals. The adopted policies guide the organization as we provide legislative and regulatory oversight.
An abundant supply of high quality water has been long recognized as Ohio’s greatest natural resource. Improving and protecting water quality is essential to Ohio’s future.OFBF believes that farmers have the responsibility to proactively do our part to solve the nutrient management challenge facing Ohio today. In a letter signed by twenty agricultural organizations and widely distributed to every farmer in Ohio, Ohio agriculture in a single voice committed to the promotion and adoption of the principles of 4R Nutrient Stewardship and challenged all farmers to do the same. OFBF is committed to continuing to lead the effort to develop innovative solutions to this challenge but we cannot do it alone. Municipalities, homeowners and other industries will be expected to do their share to address this issue. State, federal and industry-wide resources must be directed to research, technical assistance and outreach activities as well as monitoring and assessment of progress.