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Grassroots efforts of Farm Bureau take shape in Columbus this week

Embracing a New Century is the theme of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st Annual Meeting, Dec. 4 – 5 at the Columbus Convention Center and Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel.

More than 600 attendees will be on hand as the state’s largest and most influential farm and food organization establishes its policy on important state and federal issues, elects leaders and recognizes the accomplishments of individuals and the organization.

Ohio Farm Bureau delegates and members in attendance will hear from Gov. Mike DeWine at this year’s event. Among other topics of high interest to Ohio agriculture, Gov. DeWine will discuss plans for the newly unveiled H2Ohio water quality initiative.

Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett III and Executive Vice President Adam Sharp will address the delegates. They are expected to recap some of the organization’s achievements during its Centennial year including two of its highest priority issues: preservation of the business income tax deduction and a collaborative plan to address water quality challenges, which have been included in the state budget. Ohio Farm Bureau members also will celebrate more farm property owners experiencing savings from lower farmland tax rates as well as a new logo that pays homage to Ohio Farm Bureau’s original brand from 1919. Nationwide’s new Chief Executive Officer Kirt Walker also will address the convention.

The organization’s priorities and positions for the coming year will be debated and voted on by a record 381 delegates who represent all 88 Ohio counties. Protecting Ohio’s water is expected to be a big topic with delegates, who also will be discussing energy development, education and property rights. In addition, delegates are expected to support OFBF’s continuing work on topics such as trade, mental health, federal conservation programs and creating more opportunities for new and beginning farmers.

County Farm Bureaus that have carried out exceptional local programming will be recognized, as will individuals who have made distinguished contributions to Ohio agriculture and Farm Bureau. Young Agricultural Professional leaders and contest winners will be honored, and finalists in the Discussion Meet competition will be selected. New initiatives by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation will be introduced.

 

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  1. It is my belief the ODA is not legally licesning and regulating small wineries and breweries. Here are the codes in question.
    ORC3715.021 Standards and good manufacturing practices for food processing establishments.
    (A) As used in this section, “food processing establishment” means a premises or part of a premises where food is processed, packaged, manufactured, or otherwise held or handled for distribution to another location or for sale at wholesale. “Food processing establishment” includes the activities of a bakery, confectionery, cannery, bottler, warehouse, or distributor, and the activities of an entity that receives or salvages distressed food for sale or use as food. A “food processing establishment” does not include a cottage food production operation; a processor of tree syrup who boils sap when a minimum of seventy-five per cent of the sap used to produce the syrup is collected directly from trees by that processor; a processor of sorghum who processes sorghum juice when a minimum of seventy-five per cent of the sorghum juice used to produce the sorghum is extracted directly from sorghum plants by that processor; a beekeeper who jars honey when a minimum of seventy-five per cent of the honey is from that beekeeper’s own hives; or a processor of apple syrup or apple butter who directly harvests from trees a minimum of seventy-five per cent of the apples used to produce the apple syrup or apple butter.

    (B) The director of agriculture shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code that establish, when otherwise not established by the Revised Code, standards and good manufacturing practices for food processing establishments, including the facilities of food processing establishments and their sanitation. The rules shall conform with or be equivalent to the standards for foods established by the United States food and drug administration in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

    Under section (B), ​when otherwise not established by the Revised code , the revised code in Chapter 43 has all the codes concerning manufacture of wine and other alcoholic beverages. So they are otherwise established elsewhaere. These are regulated by the Div. of Liquor Control. see codes below.
    ORC4301.10 Division of liquor control powers and duties.
    (A) The division of liquor control shall do all of the following:
    (1) Control the traffic in beer and intoxicating liquor in this state, including the manufacture, importation, and sale of beer and intoxicating liquor;

    ORC4301.01 Liquor control definitions.
    (A) As used in the Revised Code:
    (8) “Manufacture” includes all processes by which beer or intoxicating liquor is produced, whether by distillation, rectifying, fortifying, blending, fermentation, or brewing, or in any other manner.

    I would think these codes above would over ride their simple definition of wine being food as it is specific to the products and industry separate from all the rest of the food processing unless the facility produces grape juice or some valid product not regulated by the Liquor codes in Title 43, etc.

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