Mary Alice Reporting – Ohio County Farm Bureau members talked with legislators including Tuscarawas County Vice President Mike Yoder.

The annual three day trip to Washington D.C. concluded Thursday with meetings of political leaders to engage them on agricultural importance and area specific issues.

Yoder attended lobbying efforts with Congressman Bob Gibbs to emphasize previously discussed topics.

Infrastructure, trade, the clean water act, and things of that nature. We feel pretty comfortable that he’s on the same page as we are but is good to meet with him to re-enforce that, and to talk about other topics that may come up also.”

One hope is for the U.S. Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) to aid in exports of farm products like corn, a $2.6 million industry, along with dairy accounting for 19% of the United States exports.

Currently, water quality remains a hot topic near Lake Erie; however, Yoder said this could impact southern counties since the water source connects with the Ohio River potentially polluting other water bodies. He noted that farm bureau members continue to practice safety, such as following fertilizer plans and preventing runoffs.

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