Now that the Ohio legislature has enacted an implementation bill and Governor Strickland has announced board appointments, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board could soon begin developing standards for farm animal care in Ohio, according to last Friday’s post to the Ohio Agricultural Law blog.
Recently, the governor signed Issue 2’s implementation bill (House Bill 414) after legislators wrangled with two different implementation proposals for more than two months.
Two provisions in the law address animal identification and organic production — these provisions were in the Senate’s version and were added to the final bill. The new law states that the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board may not establish a statewide animal identification system and clarifies that standards of the USDA’s national organic program will prevail if there is a conflict between the organic certification standards and the Ohio livestock care standards.
Source: Ohio Agricultural Law blog/Ohio State University