The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association remains on the front line of discussions to represent Ohio’s corn and small grain producers. To that end, a broad coalition of Ohio agriculture groups sent a letter to Governor Mike DeWine today highlighting the importance of Ohio farmers and all of those along the food supply chain amid the state’s COVID-19 response efforts.
Ohio’s agriculture organizations are fielding many calls from their members who have questions about how their industry may be impacted. This letter addresses those concerns and asks for consideration and actions for what is an essential part of overcoming the coronavirus crisis.
“Both you and the president have noted that our food supply is an essential service, which is vitally important,” the letter stated. “We must recognize that our critical infrastructure for food also includes those in the supply chain below, and food distribution centers, or there will be no food in those centers to distribute to grocery stores and retail outlets.”
The farm groups implored the governor to designate the agriculture commodity community as an essential service if he decides to deploy a “shelter in place” or “quarantine” order.
The letter was sent to Gov. DeWine on behalf of Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Poultry Association, Ohio AgriBusiness Association, Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Dairy Producers Association and Ohio Soybean Association.