Pelanda to Head Ohio Department of Agriculture

Governor-elect Mike DeWine this week appointed Dorothy Pelanda to lead the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Pelanda is a former member of the Ohio House, where she represented Union County and parts of Marion County.

The Dept. of Agriculture regulates aspects of food production and is an important state agency to Ohio’s food and beverage manufacturers, processors and ingredient makers.

The OMA will be arranging for food sector manufacturers to visit with Director Pelanda at our OMA Food Manufacturers’ Policy Forum in March.

The regulated community has been at odds with state regulators due to proposals aimed at phosphorous nutrient discharge into watersheds. Pelanda, an attorney, will no doubt be focusing on the state’s response to water pollution beginning on day one. 1/10/2019