A law that created the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program will lead to a lot of opportunities for growers in the state, according to Robert Boggs, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Research funded by the voluntary Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program will benefit wheat, barley, rye and oat growers in the state. Boggs pledged support from the administration on establishing the program in the state, and he applauded OWGA for working with the state legislature for years to pass the measure.
"The decision by your organization to take control of your own destiny is a big step forward and an example for Ohioans of going back to core values … of making decisions based on long-term considerations … and by helping one's own lot," Boggs said.
Boggs made his comments at the Ohio Wheat Growers Association annual meeting in Bucyrus on January 23. Gov. Ted Strickland signed the marketing program into law on Dec. 21, 2007. It goes into effect 90 days after it was signed.
Ohio wheat growers are No. 1 in the country in soft red winter wheat production. Ohio is one of the largest flour milling states in the country and grains are a vital part of the economy. Marketing program funds will be used for market development, research, education and promotion.