A statewide ballot initiative is aimed at keeping local control over farming practices. Few outside the agricultural industry may be aware that Issue 2, if passed Nov. 3, will amend the state constitution to create an Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, which will regulate the treatment of farm animals, like cows, pigs and chickens.

Those campaigning in favor of the issue include the Butler County Farm Bureau, which will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at the OSU Princeton Road Campus, 1802 Princeton Road. Issue 2 will create a local board to ensure that food grown locally is safe and reasonably priced, said Farmersville-based Christy Montoya, the farm bureau’s organizational director for Butler, Warren, Hamilton and Montgomery counties.

However, Issue 2 is opposed by the Humane Society of the United States, which is concerned about creating more humane conditions for farm animals.

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