OhioPLANT held its first annual meeting under the new name of OhioPLANT and the first annual meeting since before the pandemic.
Lonnie Alonso, former long term chair, was honored for his years of dedicated service leading the organization. It was well deserved. OhioPLANT Chairman, Don Sutton, talked about how OhioPLANT reorganized to its current structure and its bright future.
Senator Bob Peterson spoke to the group about OhioPLANT's pesticide preemption legislation and gave some insight on what we could see from the new General Assembly.
Dan Kenny, Chief of ODA's Division of Plant Health, and Kirk Hines, Chief of ODA's Division of Soil and Water, also presented. Dan updated the attendees on the expanded federal rule for pesticide certification and training.
Kirk spoke about Governor DeWine's H2Ohio water quality program.
Attendees also heard from a panel discussing statehouse issues. The panel, Brandon Kern, Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of State and National Policy, Ann Aquillo, Owner of Ann Aquillo Consulting, and Tony Seegers, President of 1803 Consulting, LLC and lobbyist for OhioPLANT, talked about the election and what we can expect from the new General Assembly and Gov. DeWine's second term.