Issue Two is the attempt by the Ohio Farm Bureau to negate the efforts of HSUS on behalf of the animals being raised on the industrial livestock farms in Ohio.
Being a neighbor of one of Park Farms’ grow out sites and also being a Farm Bureau member, and having called the plight of our family to their attention for almost 20 years, I can assure you Farm Bureau cares nothing about anything except the bottom line.
I made the suggestion many years ago they should create a two tier system of animal industry, those requiring permits to have no zoning abatements.
This would have protected our home of 32 years and protected our personal property rights, which Farm Bureau contends they do for their members.
Did they? No, they protected the industrial farm which is the only one in Marlboro not named for the street on which it is located, Ravenna Avenue, but is named for the street on which it was permitted for a mile to the west, No. Preston Road.
If it had been left where it was permitted, it would have had very little impact on this Farm Bureau member’s home on Ravenna Avenue.
We moved to Ohio from Wisconsin, a state that is truly a farming state, but also has the two tier system of animal industry, commercial versus family farms.
In Wisconsin, Park Farms would have fallen into the commercial category, the owner does not reside on the property, and the very volume of the business denotes it is just that, a commercial business.
One would have to question why Farm Bureau refuses to address this issue until its feet are put to the fire.
I have continually asked why all the politicians go along with Farm Bureau. Could it be the donations from Nationwide Insurance Company?
Perhaps Farm Bureau could be encouraged to have separate boards. One for their insurance business, Nationwide, and the other for Farm Bureau, perhaps in this way they could put the farmer back into farming.
I am voting no on Issue Two and encouraging others to join me!
Mary G. Gibson
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