4/1/2010 12:00:00 PM Cattlemen's Association holds annual banquet, elects Ryan Potter President
Kenny Wells, Farm Manager of OSUís Agricultural Research and Development Center, was unanimously approved as President-Elect of the Jackson County Cattlemenís Association during the groupís Annual Meeting March 26.
Members of the Jackson County Cattlemen's Association celebrated their profession with an extraordinary meal featuring, of course, locally raised beef.
Members of the Elks Club roasted the succulent beef to perfection, carved it to order, and served it with all the trimmings. The epic meal confirmed that Jackson County cattlemen know their business.
The Annual Meeting and Banquet of the Cattlemen's Association brought beef breeders from every corner of the county together on Friday, March 26 to elect new officers, trade information, and enjoy great fellowship. Among those in the crowd were State Senator John Carey, State Representative David Daniels, Jackson County Commissioner Ed Armstrong, Treasurer Lee Hubbard, and Auditor Clyde Holdren. Jackson School Board member Ancil Cross and his wife, Wanda, also enjoyed the evening.
President Michael Blakeman emceed the early portion of the meeting but it was clear that he was eager to turn over the gavel. Members elected Ryan Potter as 2010 President with Kenny Wells getting the nod as President-Elect. Ivan Potter will serve as Secretary/Treasurer.
Tim Lewis and Bob Spurlock were unanimously approved to continue on the Board of Directors through 2012. Other members are Tim Jones, John Frisby, Kenny Wells, and Jason Clagg.
Past President Jim Edwards stepped in for Ohio Cattlemen's Association Director Sonny Russ who was tied up with an auction. Edwards noted upcoming sales of breeding stock in Ohio and West Virginia.
Wells, who serves as Farm Manager of OSU's Agricultural Research and Development Center south of Jackson, was pleased to introduce guest speaker Sandy Kuhn, Director of Commodity Relations and AgriPOWER for Ohio Farm Bureau.
Kuhn grew up on a farm in Southeastern Ohio where sheep reigned. However, she was interested in cattle. Her childhood fascination with cattle continues to this day.
The message delivered by Kuhn stretches across all segments of agriculture. She addressed the need for aggressive vigilance in counteracting the campaign being waged by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
Kuhn noted the difference between the work done by local humane societies and the agenda pushed by the HSUS. She encouraged support of the work done by local societies and asked her listeners to carefully investigate what HSUS intends.
Since the passage of Issue II last year by a nearly 2-1 margin, the legislature has worked to establish guidelines. This enabling legislation, Kuhn announced, has passed both chambers and is on Governor Strickland's desk. Once signed, there is a 45-day deadline to appoint the 13 Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board members to be chaired by Agriculture Director Robert Boggs.
Despite this new Ohio-driven measure, Kuhn said, HSUS is working to put a similar issue back on Ohio's ballot this November. A petition is being circulated called Ohioans for Humane Farms. Kuhn estimated that HSUS will spend up to $12 million on the campaign.
She asked those present to redouble their efforts to let consumers know what farmers do and the care they take of their animals. "Tell your story," she urged, "it's more critical than ever."
Dave Samples asked for a short time to speak in favor of two levies that will appear on the May 4 ballot. He urged passage of the Extension Levy saying that it would not only keep 4-H programs alive but will bring some agriculture and natural resources assistance back to Jackson County after a 4-year absence. Samples further urged passage of the Soil and Water Conservation District levy calling it a "positive service."