U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that Bob Boggs, a former Director of Agriculture for the State of Ohio, was named to the State Executive Committee of the Farm Service Agency. Boggs, of Rock Creek in Ashtabula County, was recommended by Brown and appointed by USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack to serve on the five-person committee.
“Bob Boggs has demonstrated a commitment to Ohio’s agricultural communities and farmers,” Brown said. “Bob has not only bolstered economic growth and helped create agricultural jobs all across our state, but has worked on behalf of all Ohioans to ensure access to healthy, grown-in-Ohio foods. I was proud to recommend him for this important position and look forward to working with him in his new role.”
The position is part-time and the committee meets 2-3 days per month. The Farm Service Agency provides federal support to Ohio farmers with commodity price supports, disaster relief, emergency assistance, conservation and loans for operating and land purchase.
Boggs previously served as the State of Ohio’s Director of Agriculture, where he enacted the Office of Sustainable Agriculture, chaired the Governor’s Food Policy Council, created the Agricultural Venture Fund and was the first chairman of the Livestock Care Standards Board. He also served as an Ashtabula County Commissioner, in the Ohio House of Representatives and later as an Ohio Senator, also serving as the Senate’s Minority Leader. Before that, he taught in Pymatuning’s Local School District. He received his bachelor’s degree from the American University and his MPA from Kent State University.
This week, Brown, chair of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth, and Energy, will kick off his ‘Grown in Ohio’ listening tour, which will take place in northeast Ohio. Brown has held more than 170 roundtables throughout the state, including a series focused exclusively on Ohio agriculture and family farms where concepts discussed by Ohioans turned into legislation. At one of these roundtables in northwest Ohio, the concept behind the ACRE program was born.
Brown is the first Ohioan to serve on both the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee. Agriculture is still Ohio’s largest industry. As the first Ohioan in more than 40 years to serve on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Sen. Brown is looking forward to working on behalf of Ohio’s agricultural community as the Senate considers the 2012 Farm Bill. During the authorization of the 2008 Farm Bill, Brown traveled around the state to listen to Ohio’s farmers and take their ideas to Washington. Brown helped secure six major provisions that will improve and reform the farm safety-net, support rural communities, promote renewable energy, encourage healthy diets, and protect natural resources.