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Senator, farm groups urge state to choose bio-products
A bill introduced by Sen. Karen Gillmor, R-Tiffin, would implement a program in Ohio to expand the use of bio-products by state agencies.
Similar to an existing federal program, the bill calls for the state to give preference to products derived from bio-based materials if their price, performance and availability competes with conventional products.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President Jack Fisher believes the 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 to voice strong support for Senate Bill 131 at a Statehouse press conference, saying “the real winner for the increased development and use of bio-products is the Ohio economy and our environment.”
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,” Fisher said. “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.
Other organizations that voiced support and officially kicked off a Buy “Bio-Ohio” Campaign, included Battelle, Ohio Bio-products Innovation Center, Ohio Corn Growers Association, Ohio Soybean Council and the United Soybean Board.