State Senator Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville) today visited several local businesses to learn more about how the state can further encourage growing agricultural businesses and the jobs they support.
Manning was joined by Ohio Department of Agriculture Director, David Daniels, at Great Lakes Smoked Meats in Lorain, Vermillion Valley Vineyards in Wakeman, and Buurma Farms in Willard to tour the facilities and discuss issues affecting the agricultural industry in Ohio.
“Agricultural businesses play a pivotal role not only in our district, but across the state and greater Midwest region,” said Manning.  “I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to learn about ways in which the state can better support these innovative companies.”
Agriculture is Ohio’s number-one industry, contributing more than $105 billion to the state’s economy each year.
Great Lakes Smoked Meats is one of the few Ohio facilities engaged in interstate commerce, exporting to 43 states and continuing to grow. Similarly, Burrma Farms employs upwards of 500 workers during the summers to grow 30 different crops to be shipped across the region to consumers.  Vermillion Valley Vineyards’ modern technology enables them to grow grapes native to other parts of the world, and their community recycling effort  allows the company to reuse 50 to 60% of its wine bottles.
“What I’ve seen today further underscores that Northeast Ohio produces a wealth of high-quality agricultural products – I’m looking forward to further collaborations to encourage growth in this industry in our region,” added Manning.

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