Ohio Livestock Coalition leader announces Neighbor of the Year Award winner

  • zehringer
    Jim Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, kicked off the event by discussing the administration's goals for the department.
  • arnot
    Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center For Food Integrity, discussed the importance of communicating with the public about animal agriculture during OLC's 2011 Annual Meeting & Industry Symposium.
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    Dr. David Glauer, OLC president, welcomed attendees and participants to OLC's 14th annual meeting and industry symposium.
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    Dr. Larry Antosch, Senior Director of Program Innovation & Environmental Policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, discussed what is a harmful algae bloom during OLC's 14th annual meeting and industry symposium. Joining him to discuss this topic was Rob Hamilton, Administrator of the Resource Management section for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Soil & Water Resources. In addition to discussing harmful algae blooms, the two speakers also discussed what is a distressed watershed, reviewed rules for farmers in the Grand Lakes St. Mary's watershed, and the impact those rules may have on farms located outside of the watershed.
  • mench
    Dr. Joy Mench, director of the center for animal welfare at the University of California-Davis, discussed holistic approaches to animal welfare and changes that animal agriculture should be preparing to address, during OLC's 2011 annual meeting held April 4 in Columbus.
  • peggy
    During OLC's 2011 annual meeting, Peggy Kirk Hall, director of Ohio State University's Agricultural & Resource Law program, spoke about the changing state of farm animal welfare -- legal issues and legal challenges.
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    Knollman Farms of Butler County was presented with this year's Neighbor of the Year award during OLC's 14th annual meeting and industry symposium held April 4. The award is jointly sponsored by the Ohio Livestock Coalition and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. In addition to receiving a plaque, Knollman Farms was also presented with a proclamation from Governor John Kasich's office and a $250 check to be donated to their favorite local charity. On hand for the presentation were (left to right) Mike Bumgarner, representing Ohio Farm Bureau; Melvin and Jean Knollman, and Dr. David Glauer, president of the Ohio Livestock Coalition.
  • higgins
    During the luncheon program of OLC's 14th annual meeting and industry symposium held April 4, OLC executive director David White presented outgoing OLC president Scott Higgins with his retiring president's plaque for providing outstanding leadership to the organization while serving as president from 2008-2010. Helping White make the presentation -- in the background -- are previous presidents of the Coalition.

Themes of animal well-being, environmental issues, and communicating with consumers were prevalent at the 2011 Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium, held today in Columbus. 

"The meeting provides farm organization leaders and farmers from across Ohio with perspectives from state and national agriculture leaders," said David White, OLC executive director. "It also establishes a venue for these groups to have constructive dialogue and education on current events facing the farm community and its stakeholders."

The meeting opened with remarks by newly appointed Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Jim Zehringer who described his new role with ODA, planned initiatives under his leadership, and provided an update on the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

Guests heard from two speakers on animal welfare-related issues. Peggy Kirk-Hall, director of Ohio State University's Agricultural & Resource Law Program, discussed the changing state of farm animal welfare from the legal perspective. Download Peggy Kirk Hall's presentation (PDF) Dr. Joy Mench, professor of animal science at the University of California-Davis, provided expertise on the holistic approach to animal welfare and changes that animal agriculture should be preparing to address. Download Dr. Joy Mench's presentation (PDF)

In addition to animal care issues, environmental responsibility was another important topic discussed at the annual meeting. Rob Hamilton, administrator with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Soil & Water Resources, and Larry Antosch, senior director for the Program Innovation and Environmental Policy, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, presented about distressed watersheds and what this situation means to Ohio's agriculture community. The session also answered questions about harmful algae blooms and discussed the policy implications and impacts on livestock farmers.
Download Rob Hamilton's presentation (PDF)
Download Larry Antosch's presentation (PDF)

Tying it all together, Center for the Food Integrity CEO Charlie Arnot reviewed current research on consumer attitudes about farming and shared opportunities for farmers to communicate with consumers. He also discussed the importance of effectively communicating with women about today's agriculture.
Download Charlie Arnot's presentation Stop Playing Not to Lose and Start Playing to Win (PDF)
Download Charlie Arnot's presentation The Importance of Communicating Effectively with Women about Today's Agriculture(PDF)

Neighbor of the Year Award Winner
In partnership with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, OLC also named the 2011 Neighbor of the Year Award winner. The award recognizes a farmer who has positively developed and enhanced relationships between neighbors in Ohio's farm communities. The recipient of the 2011 award is Knollman Farms of Hamilton.

Knollman Farms is committed to being a responsible farmer and a leader in the local community. The farm is respectful of their neighbors and makes it a priority to keep their farm looking clean and presentable at all times.

Knollman Farms received a plaque and a $250 cash donation to an organization of the farm's choice courtesy of OLC and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

The OLC, formed in 1997, is a statewide trade organization consisting of diverse agriculture organizations and individual farmers committed to advancing environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically viable livestock farming practices.