As president/CEO of a grain marketing and farm supply cooperative in Ohio, I want to make sure people understand the importance of passing State Issue 2.
Agriculture is Ohio’s No. 1 industry and could be in jeopardy if we, Ohio citizens, allow out-of-state interest groups to come into Ohio and tell us how to raise livestock and ultimately how and if we can continue to produce the safe, affordable food that both your family and mine enjoy every day.
Ohio grain farmers rely on livestock farmers to be their No. 1 customer. Both grain and livestock farmers would be negatively impacted if we allow special interest groups to dictate how Ohio farmers raise their animals.
Our farmer customers are among some of the most conscientious, responsible animal caregivers that I know of. Issue 2 is the right approach to set a statewide, comprehensive framework that sets animal care policy for our livestock — that’s regulation farmers can support.
It will assure Ohio families have a safe, reasonably priced, locally grown food supply and will ensure excellent animal care.
Creating an Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board through the passage of Issue 2 just makes sense. It’s meaningful, it’s reasonable and it will consider everything that impacts farming and food production.
Fellow Ohio citizens: we must take a stand against these activists groups and let them know Ohio experts are the ones we want making decisions on how our food is produced and who is producing it — not out-of-state activists. We won’t be another California.
Please join me in this stance by voting YES for State Issue 2 on Nov. 3.
George D. Secor
(The author is president/CEO of Sunrise Cooperative.)