I want to urge everyone to vote yes for Issue 2. It’s a shame that laws need to be created to protect us from outside minority interests who want to do away with animal agriculture.
So why not have someone who knows about agriculture help review the current standards and update them with any needed changes?
I have heard from many people about their concerns on how the board will work. From the legislators I have talked with, they say the board will be structured much like the other boards that are already formed under the state constitution.
Each board member would have a three-year term. The beginning terms would be staggered. This would not be a salary position, but a voluntary one reimbursed for expenses.
This way, when a new governor is elected there will not be a total change in the board right away. The expert people that are chosen for the board will most likely be recommended by industry leaders such as the pork, dairy and poultry producers.
Corn and soybean growers are among some of the others that may also have input. They will have to be approved by the legislators.
This is not a certainty, the ballot issue allows the General Assembly to enact laws that it deems necessary to carry out the purpose of Issue 2.
Other states are looking at what we do here in Ohio with Issue 2. We will be the first state to stand up against the minority interests. When Issue 2 passes, they will try to model their state programs after ours.
Let’s set the standard for the nation by voting yes on Issue 2.