The Ohioans for Livestock Care / Yes for Issue 2 campaign will host 12 rallies throughout Ohio from Sept. 26 to mid-October for State Issue 2, a proposal on the Nov. 3 state ballot that would create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.
 
If passed, Issue 2 will create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board ensuring that decisions about animal care in Ohio are kept in the hands of Ohio experts and away from out-of-state special interest groups. These groups have signaled that they are interested in implementing an initiative that would set rigid, impractical standards for animal care in Ohio that do not consider the specific needs of the state's farms.

The 13-member Board will be made up of Ohio experts in animal care, food production, farm management and food safety, and will be responsible for establishing standards governing livestock and poultry care in Ohio.

"These rallies are vital in building support among Ohioans for State Issue 2," said Jamie Butts, Ohioans for Livestock Care campaign spokesperson. "We hope that everyone who attends will become involved in the campaign and help us educate voters about why creating a Board is so important for Ohio's number one economic contributor - agriculture."  Butts said that by ensuring excellent care of the state's livestock and poultry, Issue 2 will help maintain an adequate supply of safe, affordable, Ohio-raised food.
 
At the rallies, local farmers and consumers will learn about the importance of Issue 2 and how passing it will positively impact all Ohioans. Attendees also will hear from area farmers and elected officials and will have the opportunity to ask questions.
 
Regional rallies are planned for Ashland/Mansfield, Cambridge, Canton, Cincinnati/Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, Sidney, Toledo, Findlay, Jackson, New Philadelphia and Springfield.

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Source: Ohioans for Livestock Care Political Action Committee