From the Toledo Blade‘s Jim Provance:

Incoming Gov. John Kasich Tuesday turned to a state legislator and former chicken and fish farmer to lead the Ohio Department of Agriculture at a time when the state is rethinking standards for the treatment of livestock.

Jim Zehringer, a Republican third-term state representative from Fort Recovery in Mercer County, will take the reins of the department regulating Ohio’s largest industry. He will replace Robert J. Boggs, who has been director under outgoing Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland…

Mr. Kasich made his second cabinet announcement at a branch campus of Wright State University on the shore of Grand Lake St. Marys, Ohio’s largest inland lake. It was plagued this summer with toxic blue-green algae growth that is believed to be at least partly tied to agricultural runoff.

He suggested agricultural research could lead to a resolution not only for Grand Lake St. Marys but also for the shallow waters of western Lake Erie, which have experienced similar problems.

He said he is talking with someone whom he declined to identify about becoming his point person on economic and environmental issues related to Lake Erie.