2014 goals and priorities set for Ohio Livestock Coalition

The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) Board of Directors (Board) recently elected new officers and identified its goals and priorities for 2014 during the organization’s December meeting.

OLC Board members elected the following officers during the meeting:

  • Adam Ward, who represents the Ohio Soybean Council, will serve as president.
  • Sam Roberts, who represents United Producers, will serve as vice president.
  • Scott Higgins, who represents the American Dairy Association Mideast and is a past president of OLC, will continue to serve as secretary/treasurer.

“It’s an honor to have this team of diverse professionals to guide our organization and further our mission of advancing environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically viable livestock farming practices,” said David White, OLC executive director. “Through their leadership, I am confident that the state’s number-one industry will continue to succeed in building trust in Ohio’s farmers and food producers through open and proactive engagement with the public.”

In 2014, OLC leadership will focus on the following three goals and priorities to advance the mission of the organization:

  • Drive unity among Ohio’s animal agriculture stakeholders;
  • Shape perception of animal agriculture in Ohio; and
  • Proactively identify emerging issues.

“Ohio livestock farmers are committed to ensuring the animals on our farms receive quality care, our natural resources are preserved and protected, and that our rural communities remain vibrant,” said White.  “The Ohio Livestock Coalition Board of Directors will continue the tradition to set a positive direction for our efforts on behalf of farmers and their communities in 2014.”

The OLC, formed in 1997, is a statewide trade organization consisting of diverse agriculture organizations and individual farmers committed to a mission of advancing environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically viable livestock farming practices.  The OLC vision is to create an environment in which Ohio’s farm community can prosper and grow, and is a trusted resource in sharing fact-based information about animal agriculture and food production.

To learn more about how Ohio’s livestock farmers care for the environment, ensure animal well-being and provide safe, affordable food, please visit OLC’s website at www.ohiolivestock.org.

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