State Representative Tim Derickson (R-Hanover Twp.) recently attended Governor John Kasich’s signing of House Bill 89 into Ohio law. This legislation designates the second full week of March as Ohio Agriculture Week to honor the state’s agriculture community.

“As a dairy farmer in Butler County for many years, I have a sincere appreciation for Ohio agriculture,” said Derickson, who also serves as vice-chairman of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. “This legislation will recognize and celebrate the many contributions that Ohio’s agriculture communities make to enhance the quality of life not only in our state, but throughout the country.”

Among friends and family who were in attendance at the signing of House Bill 89 were Chairman of House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Dave Hall (R-Millersburg), Director of legislative relations for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Chris Henney, and Director of Ohio Department of Agriculture Jim Zehringer.

“While it is important that we recognize the men and women who dedicate their lives to growing crops and livestock, it is of equal importance that we educate Ohio’s consumers regarding this important industry,” said Henney. “This legislation should help do both.”

“Agriculture is Ohio’s leading industry, generating some $98 billion per year from farm to dinner plate,” said Zehringer, “The Ohio Department of Agriculture applauds this legislation and Representative Derickson’s efforts to raise the profile of agriculture in Ohio.”


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