Potential policy initiatives discussed at annual conference

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Issue Advisory Teams spent the day in Massillon June 14 engaging with peers on interests and issues pertaining to Farm Bureau policy during the 2018 Trends and Issues Conference.

Dr. Douglas Jackson-Smith from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, kicked off the event at the R.G. Drage Career Technical Center in Stark County with an overview of the university’s work on water quality research.

Members then boarded buses and toured K.W. Zellers and Son produce farm, RJ Matthews (PBS Animal Health) and 3-D Meats, a meat processor and retail store, before spending the afternoon in policy discussion committee meetings upon returning to the career center.  

The teams are organized around the following topic areas:

  • Animal Agriculture
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Farm Policy, Business Development and Sustainability
  • Food Supply Chain and Specialty Crops
  • Transportation and Energy
  • Workforce Development and Education
  • Young Farmers

Advisory teams will continue to meet throughout the year on various policy issues. Team members review, research, discuss, draft and recommend new policies, programming and/or activities addressing their specific interest areas.

Team members will actively share their work with their county Farm Bureau president and board of trustees. Their input could be used by county Farm Bureaus to initiate programs at local, multicounty and state levels.

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Kelli Milligan Stammen is director of publications for the Ohio Farm Bureau.

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  1. Avatar Keith Pritchard says:

    Wine kills human pathogens and has no history of food safety issues, and since licensing passed in a 2009 budget bill (by surprise) we have been subject to food processing licensing and regulation by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. This is duplicate of licensing and regulation as provided in Ohio liquor codes. Many other states exempt from this sort of duplicate licensing and regulation. Ohio’s regulation is superfluous, unnecessary, duplicate and also discriminates against Ohio wineries by wineries from out of state that are not subject to the same food processing licensing and regulatory costs that sell wholesale in Ohio. As a traditional artisan winemaker and grower that values microbial diversity in the winery environment I also find the regulation is in direct opposition to my winemaking principles. http://www.FreeTheWineries.com or http://www.facebook.com/FreeTheWineries

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