Senator LaRose (right) and Representative Tony Burkley (left) listen to testimony at the joint agriculture committee meeting.

Officials from the Ohio Senate joined officials from the Ohio House of Representatives yesterday to host a joint agriculture committee meeting at the Ohio State Fair. Senator Frank LaRose (R-Copley) was joined by Senators Cliff Hite (R-Findlay), Bob Peterson (R-Sabina), Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville), and Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville).
"I believe firmly in bringing government to the people," said LaRose, "and that is exactly what this joint committee meeting allowed us to do. This event was a great opportunity to re-connect with the people we represent and highlight why agriculture is such an important industry to our state."

The meeting featured expert testimony by many, including the General Manager of the Ohio State Fair, Virgil Strickler, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dave Daniels, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer, President Jack Fisher of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and Dr. Bruce McPheron, Dean of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. 
The committee also heard from Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board members, Future Farmers of America (FFA) students and others. The testimony given related to the importance of agriculture in Ohio and efforts that have been taken to ensure its continued prosperity.

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