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A Visit to the Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fair is a unique and exciting showcase of Ohio’s agriculture, livestock and natural resources.

At the fair, I had the opportunity to visit with members of the Ohio FFA.  These young people were impressive and demonstrated a true commitment to agriculture and Rural America.  It is these future leaders who will be challenged to maintain a traditional way of life in Rural America, and to continue to feed and clothe this country and the world.

Also, I met with the Ohio Livestock Coalition, and held constructive dialog on topics such as Animal Disease Traceability, GIPSA rule, regulations, food safety, exports, and value-added agriculture.  On the GIPSA rule I acknowledged we received over 60,000 comments on the proposed rule and our final product would be guided by these comments.  In addition, I emphasized that the Secretary and I supported value-added marketing and premiums paid to producers.

I informed them that a proposed rule on Traceability would be published soon and that we were engaged with FDA to provide the agriculture perspective on food safety.

As I walked through the fairgrounds, I not only enjoyed the sounds, smells and activities, but I left feeling good about the success and tenacity of the Ohio agriculture and livestock sectors.

-	Edward Avalos, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs meeting with FFA Leaders at the Ohio State Fair.

- Edward Avalos, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs meeting with FFA Leaders at the Ohio State Fair.

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