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ERIE COUNTY, OH – Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board: Consumer Seat

November 9, 2009

Logo3The Erie Wire recently received this letter from Rebecca Suhr to the Ohio governor requesting the seat of “Ohio Consumer” on the new Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board (OLCSB). We currently support the appointment of Ms. Suhr for the consumer seat as a strong representation to the concerns outlined by Issue 2. It is in the interest to the people of Ohio that our governor consider such an advocate for a consumer seat on the OLCSB, and that our governor’s consideration be conducted without the influence of international agribusinesses who have been considered to purchase this type of position through lobbying and campaign contributions.


If you feel it is in your interest to elect Rebecca Suhr for the Ohio Consumer Seat to the OLCSB, please show your support by writing a letter of recommendation to the Ohio governor, or contact The Erie Wire with your information to be collected for written submission to the governor’s office.

The Erie Wire

2350 Cleveland Rd

Sandusky, OH 44870

Rebecca SuhrPicture 117

1235 St. Rt. 250

Norwalk, Oh  44857

November 4, 2009

Governor’s Office
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH  43215-6108

Dear Governor Strickland,

I am writing today to request your consideration for placement on the Ohio Livestock Standards Board as one of the consumers required as outlined by the new Constitutional amendment.   I have lived in rural Ohio my whole life and currently reside in Norwalk.

I am a high school teacher at EHOVE Career Center in Milan, Oh.  This is my eighth year at this position.  I am a 1996 graduate of Seneca East High School, a 2002 graduate of Ashland University with my Bachelors of Science in Education, and a 2007 graduate of Wright State University with a Master’s of Science in Teaching the Earth Sciences.   This summer I will continue my education with The Ohio State University as I work to add Agricultural Career Technical Certification to my current license.

Next fall, I will be transitioning into a new position at my school.  We have been working with Brad Moffit from the Ohio Department of Education for the last year to develop a new agricultural program called Green Science Tech.  This program will focus on sustainability/conservation of resources, renewable and alternate energy, sustainable agriculture, and environmental monitoring.  We believe that this program is timely and that the “green” industry will be important to the future of the state of Ohio.  My students will have the opportunity to participate in real life scientific inquiry as they work with several local agencies, including but not limited to, Erie County Solid Waste District, NASA, Plum Brook Station, Erie County Soil and Water, Erie Fresh,  Old Women’s Creek Estuary, Erie County Coalition for Local Resources, Thayer Family Gardens, Riehm Farms, J.C. Homestead Farms, and Mulberry Creek Organic Herb Farm.

Personally, I am the mother of three children, a hobby farmer, a new gardener, an aspiring triathalete and a staunch supporter of a local food system.  I believe that looking local is one of the benchmarks of a sustainable economy.  I want to be able to feed them a product that I feel is wholesome and environmentally sound, not to mention produced right here in our great state.

As a mother, farmer, and educator I ask that you consider my request for placement on the Ohio Livestock Standards Board.

Respectfully Submitted,

Rebecca Suhr

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