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Water quality, funding for ODA among Ohio Farm Bureau priorities

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation hit the ground running in 2019 representing the top priorities of its members.

Ty Higgins, a spokesperson with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, says top priorities include the state’s two-year budget and making sure the Ohio Department of Agriculture is funded at levels that keep the state’s ag industry strong.

“Budgets of course are important for all facets of government, but none more so for farm bureau members than the Ohio Department of Agriculture,” he says. “So many important things fall under their umbrella- like the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, nutrient management regulations, fertilizers application certifications, and oversight of Ohio’s Soil and Water Conservation Division.”

He tells Brownfield Ohio Farm Bureau also supports funding for water quality programs that will continue to provide science-based data.

“That includes support for OSU Extension, as well as Heidelberg’s Water Quality Lab, and dollars also needed in Ohio’s budget for infrastructure and equipment that will be useful in tackling the state’s water quality issue,” he says.

Higgins encourages farm bureau members to continue discussing priorities with legislators.

Audio: Ty Higgins, Ohio Farm Bureau

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