Statement by Dean McPheron Regarding Cancellation of 4-H Bird Exhibits by ODA

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced today it will cancel all live bird exhibitions at county and independent fairs in 2015 to protect Ohio’s $2.3 billion poultry industry from the current avian flu outbreak affecting the United States.

“We appreciate Director Daniels’ leadership in protecting Ohio’s poultry industry,” said Bruce McPheron, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. “We are committed to providing 4-H youth with a positive learning experience about poultry, and believe that can be achieved without the live animals being present.”

Ohio 4-H programs are run by Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the college.