Representatives from all sectors of the agricultural industry met today to testify at the joint House and Senate Ag Hearing held at the Ohio State Fair Nationwide Ag and Hort Building. The meeting was opened by Chairman Cliff Hite of the Senate and House Representative Chairman Dave Hall.
Virgil Strickler welcomed the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir to sing the National Anthem before the committee. He then “spoke from the heart” as he addressed the strong impact the Ohio State Expo Center has on the state and it’s communities. He also announced that the attendance numbers are growing as the State Fair parked a record number of vehicles yesterday.
Additional individuals that spoke before the joint committee included: Jim Zehringer, Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; Annie van Blaricom of Ohio EPA; Jack Fisher, Ohio Farm Farm Bureau; Gwen Wolford of the OSU College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; and two representatives of the Ohio Quarter Horse Congress.
The speakers covered a number of topics. Zehringer talked about the importance of energy conservation and technology.
“We could be energy independent as early as 2020,” Zehringer said. “Imagine a box the size of a mini fridge sitting in your basement and generating enough power to support your entire house. As we develop these new technologies, we want to make sure it is done responsibility.”
“Whether you are in 4-H, FFA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, FCCLA, or any of the other groups exhibiting at the Ohio State Fair, this involvement and interaction has shaped each of us into the young adults we are today,” shared a Junior Fair Board member.
The Ridgemont FFA Chapter and their advisor, Stephanie Jolliff, were applauded for being recognized at the 84th National FFA Convention as the Model of Innovation chapter winner and spoke about the quality agricultural students Ohio produces.
The event offered an educational and informative opportunity for visitors to enjoy at the Ohio State Fair.
Dale Minyo had a chance to talk with Cliff Hite at the event.