The Union County Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees recently unanimously approved a resolution in support of the Ohio Senate joint resolution on livestock care standards.

The Union County Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees recently unanimously approved a resolution in support of the Ohio Senate joint resolution on livestock care standards.

The chamber supports the joint resolution to create a 13-member livestock care standards board consisting of the director of the department of agriculture, 10 members appoint-ed by the governor, a family farmer appointed by the speaker of the House and a family farmer appointed by the president of the Senate.

The resolution will be put on the November 2009 Ohio ballot for voters to grant the livestock care standards board the authority to establish and implement standards governing the care and well-being of livestock and poultry. The resolution also directs the board to "endeavor to maintain food safety, encourage locally grown and raised food, and protect Ohio farms and families" and to consider factors such as agricultural best management practices for care and well-being, bio-security, disease prevention, animal morbidity and mortality data, food safety practices, and the protection of local, affordable food supplies for consumers.

"Agriculture is one of the largest business sectors in Union County, the state of Ohio, and is important to the continued success of our nation," said Dave Thorbahn, chair of the agriculture committee of the Union County Chamber of Commerce. "Local Union County livestock farmers as well as farmers from across Ohio have committed their lives to caring for animals and are appalled at any animal mistreatment and cruelty. An Ohio livestock care standards board of highly trained and experienced specialists representing each sectors of animal care and food safety are can establish effective rules and standards to prevent these isolated incidence of animal cruelty and ensure animal welfare."

"With over 87 percent of our land agriculture-based, the board encourages voters in Union County and the state of Ohio to support this amendment," said Chip Hubbs, president of the Union County Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees.