OLC looking for Neighbor of the Year

The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC), in partnership with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, is accepting nominations for the Neighbor of the Year Awards, which recognize two rural residents – one livestock farmer and one non-farmer – for their commitment to being environmentally responsible, courteous to others and respectful of private properties.

David White, OLC executive director, said the awards are one way to recognize rural neighbors who set a good example of how to work together to keep Ohio agriculture alive and well in the Buckeye state.

“Agriculture is Ohio’s number-one economic contributor, and in order to thrive, livestock farmers and their non-farming neighbors need to work together to help preserve the state’s agricultural heritage and rural landscape,” said White. “Recognizing these efforts through the Neighbor of the Year Awards is one way for us to honor those in our rural areas who exemplify the true meaning of being good neighbors.”

A candidate for the livestock farmer award must:
• Be a livestock (dairy, beef, sheep, swine or poultry) farmer
• Take opportunities to educate neighbors about his/her farming operations and processes
• Be helpful
• Share with neighbors that animals require attention and care 24 hours a day, regardless of weekends and holidays

A candidate for the non-farmer resident award must:
• Keep his/her property neat, clean and trim
• Take opportunities to ask a neighboring farmer about agricultural operations and processes
• Keep pets and other domestic animals restricted to his/her property
• Respect property boundaries and not use farmland for off-road vehicles or walking

Nominations for the Neighbor of the Year Awards are due by July 2 and should be submitted to the OLC office. Awards will be presented at the 15th OLC Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium on Sept. 7. Award winners will receive a plaque, and $250 will be donated to each recipient’s local charity of choice.

For more information about the awards or to obtain an application, contact Amy Hurst at (614) 246-8262 or ahurst@ofbf.org.  For more information about how to be a good rural neighbor or Ohio’s livestock farmers and their roles in providing Ohioans with safe, wholesome, affordable food, visit OLC’s website at www.ohiolivestock.org.

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