The Ohio General Assembly is calling on Gov. John Kasich to rescind his executive order that gives state government control over farming practices for 7,000 farmers and 2 million acres of northwest Ohio farmland.
Ohio House Agriculture Committee Chairman Brian Hill made the announcement during a news conference today at the Ohio Statehouse.
Hill further said the legislature is requesting the Ohio Soil and Water Commission, which must approve Kasich’s action, delay granting approval until it has adequate time to deliberate the consequences of the plan.
House Speaker Ryan Smith (pictured in featured image), Senate Agriculture Chairman Bob Hackett, Hill and other legislators were joined by farmers from the affected area and throughout the state for the news conference, which can be viewed here. OFBF State Trustee Katherine Harrison was among the farmers in attendance.
Speaker Smith told the media “This type of major policy shouldn’t be done through executive order nor should it be done in a hurry.”
Northwest Ohio farmers Mark Drewes and Duane Stateler explained why the executive order is bad policy and shared their experiences with studying and implementing environmentally friendly farming practices that are showing positive results.