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OFBF strongly supports Bio-products Bill
COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) - Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) Executive Vice President Jack Fisher is confident a new bill will preserve and create new jobs by capitalizing on the strength of Ohio’s agriculture and polymer industries.
Fisher was among a number of representatives from the two industries Friday to voice strong support for Senate Bill 131, introduced by Sen. Karen Gillmor, R-Tiffin, which would implement a purchasing preference program in Ohio, similar to the federal BioPreferred Products Program, for the acquisition of supplies by government agencies.
The legislation would expand the use of commercial and industrial products composed from biological products, including renewable agricultural materials from plant, animal, marine and forestry materials.
Fisher said such products provide a growing market for Ohio agriculture and are environmentally friendly.
“Every day we strive to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers,” said Fisher. “One way this can be done is by providing consumers with value-added products that also enhance Ohio farm income and improve the state's economy.”
Ohio Farm Bureau policy supports the adoption of a “Green Ohio” purchasing program, and the organization has identified SB 131 as a Key Vote for the 128th General Assembly.
“The real winner for the increased development and use of bio-products is the Ohio economy and our environment,” said Fisher.
Other organizations on hand to voice support and officially kick off a Buy “Bio-Ohio” Campaign, included Battelle, the Ohio Bio-products Innovation Center, Ohio Corn Growers Association, Ohio Soybean Council and the United Soybean Board.