Recently, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, convened a roundtable to get input from Ohio farmers as he helps write the 2018 Farm Bill.
Brown was joined by farmers from agricultural organizations including the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, the Ohio Soybean Association, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the Ohio Farmers Union, and the Ohio Dairy Producers Association, to discuss ways to support Ohio farmers and create local jobs.
In 2014, Brown was part of the Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee that successfully negotiated a five-year farm bill. Brown helped secure several key provisions for Ohio farmers in the 2014 Farm Bill including, strengthening and reforming the farm safety net, supporting conservation programs that protect the local environment, maintaining support for the Rural Development program to spur economic development, and helping farmers sell directly to producers, which creates jobs and increases access to nutritious, locally-grown food.
Brown is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 50 years and he visited with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about some of the items that came up at this latest Farm Bill Roundtable.