Ohio Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (ODA) Direc­tor David Daniels, who was raised in Green­field, was the guest speaker Tues­day at the Hicksville Rotary Club’s Farm and Ven­dor Day at Hicksville High School.

Daniels told the group that there are about 73,500 farms in Ohio.

He said he’s excited about Ohio becom­ing the first state granted a coop­er­a­tive agree­ment under new U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture rules, that will allow changes in meat inspec­tion reg­u­la­tions that will mean big increases in busi­ness for some proces­sors.

Agri­cul­ture, accord­ing to Daniels, is the num­ber one indus­try in the state, fuel­ing the econ­omy to the tune of over $107 bil­lion annually.

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