November 1, 2013
The HSUS Agriculture Advisory Council for Ohio
Local producers join with The HSUS to foster better animal welfare and environmental stewardship
Meet the local producers who make up our HSUS Agriculture Advisory Council for Ohio, the third in our growing system of state agriculture councils.
Warren Taylor has worked in the dairy industry for nearly 40 years and served on numerous dairy and food processing committees and councils in a range of areas including hormone labeling, country of origin labeling, and raw milk initiatives.
In December 2007, Warren began bottling his neighbors’ local sustainably produced grass fed milk and supplying it to stores in the Athens area. Snowville Creamery products are now available across most of the state and in more than 20 Whole Foods stores in the Washington, D.C. area.
Warren considers the responsibility to serve the public good central to individuals and corporations in an enlightened and progressive society under sound governance. Warren believes that the principles of democracy imply that consumers have a primary right to know and influence how their food is produced, processed, labeled, distributed, inspected, regulated, and subsidized. Most importantly, government policies must progress America toward the sustainable production of healthful food for the benefit of farmers and consumers.
Bill Miller and his wife, Sibyl, own and operate a 160-acre organic family farm in southwestern Ohio. They raise grain crops and maintain a herd of 60 to 90 Angus cattle.
Bill is the Vice President of the Ohio Farmers Union and a member of various organizations, including the Butler County Cattlemen's Association. He also serves as Chair of Christian Witness for his Church Council, and as Treasurer of the local unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
He is a member of the Miami University Institutional Review Board. Bill and Sibyl are graduates of Miami University and both hold graduate degrees (Bill, an M.A. from The New School in New York City, and Sibyl, a Masters of Social Work from Hunter College). Bill and Sibyl have two children, a daughter living in New York and a son living in Chicago, and three grandchildren. Bill enjoys flying; he is a licensed pilot and is a longtime student of the banjo.
Bruce Rickard started raising sheep 25 years ago. Now Bruce, Lisa, Jesse, and Chelsea own and operate the 285-acre Fox Hollow Farm, northeast of Columbus in central Ohio.
They have been on the current farm for 18 years. They raise beef cattle, sheep, feeder pigs, broilers and layers, with most of their products direct-marketed through farmer’s markets, food coops, restaurants, and a local delivery service. The farm’s specialty is pasture-based production. All the animals spend their lives on grass or, in the worst winter weather, in hoophouses. The farm is open to visitors and school groups year-round.
Mardy Townsend is a second generation farmer in Windsor, Ohio. The Townsend farm has a long history with The HSUS, as the former hog farm was listed in the 1993/1994 HSUS Humane Consumer and Producer Guide. Mardy has transitioned the hog and grain farm to an intensive grazing beef operation on certified organic pasture.
She lived for many years in Central America and came to highly value the links between social justice for all people and good stewardship of the land and all animals living on it. Mardy has a B.A. in Biology and Animal Science from Wilmington College and an M.S. in Agronomy from Ohio State University. She is president of Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake Counties Farmers Union and on the board of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.
Joe Logan owned and managed a dairy farm for 25 years, and now farms as a partner in Logan Brothers LLC, raising beef cattle, row crops and maple syrup. He also serves as the Director of Agricultural Programs for the Ohio Environmental Council and the U.S. Coordinator for the Lake Erie LaMP Public Forum.
He is the past president of the Ohio Farmers Union, and sat on the Board of Directors of the National Farmers Union. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Dairy Farmers Of America and as the President of the National Association of Farmer Elected Committees (NAFEC) representing the interests of the locally elected committees in the 2500 Farm Service Agency offices nationwide. He is the proud father of three grown children and continues to be an active farmer.