Ohio AgriBusiness Association endorses 'yes' vote on Issue 1
To the editor:
The Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA) supports Ohio Issue 1, an important initiative meant to elevate the standards by which the Constitution of the State of Ohio may be amended.
“The need for a stable and predictable business environment in our state is vital,” said Chris Henney, president and CEO of OABA. “The purpose of this ballot measure is not limited to a specific issue, but it does increase the participation of citizens from all regions in the state when determining constitutional amendments that would affect every Ohioan. As advocates for a sustainable business climate, OABA backs Issue 1 because it is an initiative that will strengthen the integrity and efficacy of Ohio’s constitutional amendment process and guarantees that changes made to our state constitution are done so openly and fairly. Ultimately making Ohio a better place to live, work and run a business.”
Changes are often proposed through ballot initiatives regarding how agriculture is done. However, we in agriculture, are always learning and using new and improved techniques. When changes are mandated by a constitutional amendment, it restricts the industry's ability to quickly adjust and adapt without having to change the constitution again.
In the recent past, radical special interest groups have attempted to promote anti-agricultural measures that make domestic food production more challenging, which incentivizes imports from foreign countries. Approving Issue 1 would mean Ohio would take a more deliberate approach to amending the state's constitution, thereby safeguarding agriculture in our state and ensuring the long-term viability of Ohio’s No. 1 industry.
Ohio AgriBusiness Association