Governor announces Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board appointments

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Ohio Governor Ted Strickland announced yesterday the appointments to the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

In addition to the Governor’s 10 appointments, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs serves on the 13-member board, as well a selection from both the House Speaker and Senate President.

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is charged with establishing standards governing the care and well-being of livestock and poultry in Ohio. The board will strive to maintain food safety, encourage locally grown and raised food, and protect Ohio farms and families.

Tony Forshey of Columbus currently serves as the state veterinarian for the Ohio Department of Agriculture. He also serves as the co-chairman of the Swine Update Program in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Ohio State University and chairman of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association Swine Sub-Committee to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Forshey has been recognized by his peers for his work on swine committees and has received numerous awards, including the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association’s Meritorious Award. He received a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the Ohio State University.

Leon Weaver of Montpelier serves as the owner and operator of Bridgewater Dairy. He also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Ohio Livestock Coalition and the Ohio Dairy Industry Forum. He previously served as the president of the Ohio Dairy Industry Forum and as a professor at the University of California’s Veterinarian Medicine School. Weaver received a bachelor’s degree from Goshen College in 1968 and a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971.

Jeff Wuebker of Versailles has served as the co-owner of Wuebker Farms since 2001. He also serves as the president of the Ohio Soybean Association and is a member of the Ohio Corn Growers Association and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. Wuebker was named Outstanding Young Farmer by the Ohio Farm Bureau in 2005. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University in 1993.

Bobby Moser of Dublin has served as the vice president for agricultural administration and the dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at the Ohio State University since 1991. He previously served as the associate dean of agriculture and extension program director at the University of Missouri from 1986-1988 and as an associate professor at the University of Nebraska. Moser received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University. He also received a doctorate from the University of Nebraska in 1972.

Jeffrey LeJeune of Wooster has served as an associate professor for Food and Animal Health at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center at the Ohio State University since 2007 and previously served as an assistant professor at the Ohio State University from 2001-2007. LeJeune also currently serves as the chair of the Agriculture Animal Care and Use Committee at the Ohio State University and received the 2009 OARDC Distinguished Research Award in 2009. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Universite de Moncton and a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Prince Edward Island. LeJeune also received a Ph.D. from Washington State University in 2000.

Harold Dates of Cincinnati has served as the president and CEO of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Cincinnati since 1986, previously serving as the assistant general manager from 1975-1986. Dates also previously served as the community center director for the City of Cincinnati from 1971-1973. He received the Glenn Summerlin Award from the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators in 2009. Dates received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1969.

Jerry Lahmers of Newcomerstown currently owns and operates a family farm that includes a cow/calf feedlot and grain operations. He previously served as a veterinarian who treated and cared for animals in Tuscarawas County for 29 years. Lahmers also serves as the president of the Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau and Tuscarawas County Parks Department. He also served as a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing board from 2000-2005. Lahmers received a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the Ohio State University.

Lisa M. Hamler-Fugitt of Reynoldsburg currently serves as the executive director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks and as the legislative liaison for the Ohio Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. She previously served as the public policy director and the statewide food and nutrition program coordinator for the Ohio Hunger Task Force. Hamler-Fugitt has researched, written, and secured over $200 million in grants to support various anti-hunger programs. She received an associate’s degree from South Oklahoma Junior College.

Robert Cole of Gahanna served in various roles for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for over 33 years, including serving as the executive director of the USDA’s Franklin County Office and as acting state director in 2003. He retired from the U.S Department of Agriculture in 2003. Cole continues to help manage his family’s farm in Mississippi and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Dayton. He received a bachelor’s degree from Alcorn A&M College in 1970.

Stacey Atherton of Newark has served as the co-owner for Shipley Farms since 2009. She previously served as a manager for Shipley Farms from 2006-2009. Atherton has also served as a 4-H club advisor for the Licking County Jersey Club since 2006 and is a member of the Ohio Dairy Producers and the Ohio Farm Bureau. She received a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University in 2006.

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