FOSTORIA, Ohio — Ag Credit, a major agricultural lender in Ohio, is endorsing Issue 2, a voter referendum to create an Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.
Voters will be asked Nov. 3 to add a provision to the state Constitution, establishing the board, which would set standards for the care and well-being of livestock statewide.
“State standards for the treatment of livestock and poultry are good for Ohio’s farmers and good for Ohio’s consumers,” Ag Credit CEO Neil Jordan said.
The Ag Credit Board of Directors has donated $20,000 to Ohioans for Livestock Care.
Ag Credit has a stake in the success of Ohio’s agricultural industry because the lending cooperative finances farm businesses throughout 18 counties in Northwestern Ohio.
The 11-member Livestock Board would be directed to help “maintain food safety, encourage locally grown and raised food, and protect Ohio farms and families,” the ballot question says.
It directs the board to consider factors that include biosecurity, disease prevention and animal mortality, as well as food safety, affordability and availability.
For more information about the board, visit: http://ohiolivestockcare.com and http://legislature.state.oh.us/res.cfm?ID=128_SJR_6.
Ag Credit is a rural lending cooperative serving 18 counties in Northwestern Ohio. Ag Credit provides loans for farms and agricultural business. It has branches serving: Crawford, Erie, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lorain, Lucas, Marion, Morrow, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Wood and Wyandot counties.
Ag Credit has more than 4,500 borrowers and about $950 million in active loans.
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