Did you know that Ohio bobcats are under attack? The Division of Wildlife is accepting public comments only until March 31 on a proposal to establish a bobcat trapping season. It's not based on science or conservation. It's all about politics and showing favor to special interest groups.
Link to Submit before March 31: (On the drop down menu, select: 1501:31-15-09 Hunting and trapping regulations for furbearing animals.) http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/…/proposed-rule-changes-csi-rev…
"There are nearly 2 million small family farms in America, but that’s not where most of our food comes from. Just 7 percent of all farms produce 80 percent of the food in the country, and they’re nothing like the idyllic farms you see pictured on food labels. These are huge, industrial operations, and in addition to mass-producing grains and meat, they are responsible for making agriculture one of the most polluting industries in the country."
🚨BREAKING NEWS🚨 U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to terminate the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices standards, which would establish better living conditions for pigs, chickens, cattle, and other farm animals. These standards had the overwhelming support of the public and organics industry, and the move to scrap them is a blatant attack on family farmers and consumers who support improving the lives of farmed animals.
The Real Organic Project will include an additional label on top of the USDA’s certified organic label that indicates a project was farmed according to the standards of the Real Organic Project. According to the post: “Starting a new label is not a small task, but we can no longer find an alternative.” The group behind the Real Organic Project is made up of a large collection of farmers and academics from around the country. The label, says Chapman, who is the group’s lead spokesman, “is an attempt to create an add-on label to USDA Organic that will have more transparency and integrity in terms of honoring the traditional values of organic farming.” The group has yet to iron out the label’s exact criteria, but Chapman mentioned that hydroponic growing and large-scale CAFO-type farms would be disqualified.
Via the Sierra Club: "Please prohibit trapping for turtles, river otters, and bobcats in Ohio. There is not enough data on the populations of turtles, river otters, and bobcats to warrant a trapping season."
Great feature in the March issue of Ohio Farmer magazine on the Ohio Farmers Union's work to reform the beef checkoff tax program that has been taken over by bi...g agribusiness interests:
Ohio Farmers Union is continuing its policy requests of Ohio state government and the federal government to rein in the unchecked, opaque commodity checkoff programs. When farmers take livestock, corn, soybeans, and many other commodities to market, they pay a government-required fee per head or bushel of the commodity. These dollars were intended when legislation first moved through Congress decades ago to support state and federal marketing and research efforts in those commodities.
"When Farmers Union first supported the establishment of commodity checkoffs in the 1980s, the boards were not dominated by foreign and corporate interests, and the original governance of the checkoff funds was more influenced by family farmers," OFU president Joe Logan says.
He says that since the checkoff boards have allowed the participation of importers and processors in their decision-making, they have often worked against independent family farmers in the marketplace.
"Our special order of business this year is about transparency and accountability in the management of these funds at the state and federal levels," Logan says.
The policy passed at OFU this year states: "... federal and state checkoff funds be paid directly to the appropriate federal or state treasury and then be audited by the corresponding federal or state auditing agency."
The fight to stop special interests from abusing Ohio farmers' tax dollars is getting national attention.
“We’re saying let’s clean it up and make it go for the purposes it’s supposed to- furthering the interest and demand for beef in America."
Representative Steve King has introduced bills HR 4879/HR 3599 – the “Protect Interstate Commerce Act,” which would be better known as the States' Rights Elimination Acts. These bills could undermine the authority of states to pass laws that protect family farmers, agricultural communities, animals, and food safety.
Sounds like Big Ag beef lobbyists are trying to subvert the free market and wipe out compeition as interest in "clean-meat" is on the rise.
Good letter to the editor published in the Columbus Dispatch 2/20/2018:
Letter: Trapping bobcats is unnecessary
I’ve been hunting in Ohio for years, and I deeply value the role that bobcats and other native carnivores play in our ecosystem. As one of the few top predators in the state, they keep populations healthy for a variety of prey species....
I pride myself on being a conservationist, and I know enough about ecology to understand that bobcats are not overpopulating Ohio and, unlike other species, do not need to be managed. The Ohio Division of Wildlife is proposing trapping 60 bobcats in two different zones in the state. This has nothing to do with sound wildlife management or scientific research. This is the division’s way of throwing a bone to a small group of special interests who want to kill a bobcat.
I’m passionate about hunting, but I believe you eat what you kill. Let’s be honest here — no one is killing bobcats for their meat. They just want to sell their pelts.
Private profiteering off of Ohio’s wildlife flies in the face of how wildlife is supposed to be managed in this country. As a hunter and wildlife lover, I strongly oppose this proposal. Readers can submit comments online at http://bit.ly/1Ff1ewC, and the Ohio Wildlife Council will hold a public hearing on March 15.
Hobart Van Hoose
Seeking renewal permit to operate 4,800 pig factory farm: Bruce Rosswurm Swine Farm is an existing swine facility located at 5100 Road 59, Payne, Ohio. The facility is situated in Paulding County, Blue Creek Township in the Auglaize River Watershed. The facility is owned and operated by Bruce Rosswurm of Payne, Ohio. The facility consists of two finisher barns, each with a design capacity of 2,400 head of swine weighing more than 55 pounds. Therefore, the overall design capac...ity of this facility is 4800 head of swine. The liquid manure is stored in existing deep pits below the housing areas. Each pit is capable of storing 984,000 gallons of manure, which provides well over a year’s worth of storage.
In accordance with OAC rule 901:10-6-01, public notice is hereby given that the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is accepting comments on a draft Permit to Operate (PTO) renewal for the facility called “Bruce Rosswurm Swine Farm” which is located at 5100 Road 59, Payne, Ohio 45880 in Paulding County, Blue Creek Township, in the Auglaize Watershed. If the final permit is issued, the PTO would be valid for five years.
Copies of the draft permit can be reviewed and/or copies made at the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting (DLEP) office at: A.B. Graham Building, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, (614) 387-0470.
Any person may submit written comments and/or request a public meeting on the draft permit. A request for a public meeting must be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues to be raised at the public meeting. Comments and/or public meeting requests must be received by the DLEP office no later than 5 p.m. March 16, 2018. Comments can either be mailed to the address above or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Comments received after this date will not be considered. A public meeting will be held when required by OAC 901:10-6-04(C) and may be held where authorized by OAC 901:10-6-01(D). Persons have a right to provide a written or oral statement for the record at the public meeting, if a meeting is scheduled.
Public comments are now being accepted until March 5 on the proposed open season of Bobcats. Trapping bobcats is simply for trophies and for trappers to make money. You can comment on the proposal to trap Bobcats here: http://bit.ly/1Ff1ewC (the specific proposed rule change is 1501:31-15-17. titled, “SEASONS FOR GAME BIRDS, GAME QUADRUPEDS AND FURBEARING ANIMALS” so select that option in the drop box.)
You can read the full draft proposals here: http://bit.ly/2ssbhk2
via Columbus Dispatch: Wildlife Division proposes permitting bobcat trapping
"The Ohio Division of Wildlife opened a potential controversy last week by proposing to allow bobcat trapping in southern and eastern Ohio.
The proposal was presented to the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday. Bobcats were removed from state’s protected-species list in 2014 after decades of slow recovery...
The bobcat proposals call for the establishment of two zones, “with a small, fixed quota for each zone,” the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said in a statement. Trappers would be required to buy an extra $5 permit and would be limited to one bobcat per season, which would close in each zone once the quota for that zone is reached.
“The data collected from these bobcats would provide scientists with a better idea of the population in Ohio,” the statement said.
The wildlife division has been tracking the state’s bobcat population for years. Although the wildlife biologist dedicated to the task was terminated more than a year ago and has not been replaced, the work has continued among division personnel on a shared basis.
Several neighboring states, including Michigan, West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, allow bobcat trapping and/or hunting. Illinois took bobcats off threatened status in 1999 and permitted limited hunting and trapping in 2016, though tighter restrictions were imposed last year after 141 wild cats were taken during that first season."