While the dates and locations were not set as of press time, the small group of legislators planned to hold sessions to examine the future of agriculture in four main areas:
• Education and rural/economic development. Possible topics: future of 4-H and FFA and Ohio State University’s Farm Income Enhancement Program.
• Technology. Possible topics: use of sensors to help agriculture; drones and satellite use; how farm data is used and who owns it; on-farm automation, and engineering that involves technologies that extend agriculture’s reach to new areas of the economy.
• Fertilizer use and crops. Possible topics: a look at how agricultural retailers such as seed dealers and custom applicators support agriculture and implementation of the Food Safety and Modernization Act.
• Livestock. Possible topics: avian flu; livestock care standards; selective breeding, meat marketing and meat processing, and use of antibiotics and hormones.
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