Brandon Kern, Director of State Policy at the Ohio Farm Bureau says the state budget that the Ohio House approved and sent to the Senate, for the most part is being viewed as positive for agriculture.
“From Farm Bureau’s perspective we were supporting increases in funding or restored funding,” Kern said.
While the House budget does include an increase in funding for the Ohio State University Extension program and OARDC at Wooster, Kern says it only keeps the funding for the Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) steady for one year.
“The House created what they are calling a “bridge formula” that will for the next year keep them at the same funding level they had this year, so it’s a short term fix,” said Kern. “There are a lot of advocates for this program who will continue to engage and Farm Bureau is going to be one of those, to try and find a long term fix for ATI, but we’re happy that they are at least taken care of for the immediate future.”
Kern suggests when talking to legislators to continue to push for support of ATI.