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Keeping the food chain clean

March 4, 2014

U.S. Department of Health Emergency Coordinator Dr. Dan Harpster speaks to the Rotary Club of Wapakoneta at its weekly meeting at the Eagles Club ballroom on Monday.(Staff photo/John Bush)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Emergency Coordinator Dr. Dan Harpster spoke with the Rotary Club of Wapakoneta at its weekly meeting Monday afternoon, urging them to keep three things in mind about agriculture: it’s about growing food, opportunities and knowing the facts.

“Don’t get too hung up on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or pesticides or this and that,” Harpster said. “There’s always going to be issues — get the facts, know what the issues are and at the end of the day, farming is about growing food.”

Harpster, who resides in Waynesfield, said he spends most of his time working on disease response plans for livestock. He travels throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan whenever there is an outbreak of Tuberculosis, or any other disease that can take hold in cattle, hogs, poultry and other animals.

For the full story, see the Tuesday, March 4 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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