|Ohio's ag director urges support for Issue 2||| Print ||
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 31 October 2009 07:35|
Robert J. Boggs, Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, has issued a statement in support of the passage of Issue 2.
Excerpts from his statement follow.
"This November, Ohio voters have the unique opportunity to support our livestock farmers, our food consumers and the future of Ohio.
Issue 2 is critical to Ohio for several reasons. It will mean ensuring the continued viability and success of our livestock and poultry farmers. It will mean that we can maintain the excellent care of livestock and poultry in our state. It will mean that we can protect Ohio family farms. It will mean that we can sustain the availability of safe, locally-grown food.
"This initiative is not a question of policy, it is a process for improvement. By approving Issue 2, voters will create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, which will serve to establish a uniform set of standards for livestock and poultry care in Ohio.
"Whether as farmers or consumers, we all share in the common concern that our livestock and poultry are raised in a responsible, safe and healthy manner.
"We can no longer rely on inadequate, antiquated measures to ensure the continued success of our state. Ohio should have the opportunity to provide an Ohio solution to an Ohio problem.
"Issue 2 gives us the necessary framework to ensure that happens."
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