Brown introduces legislation to overhaul farm subsidies

Senator Sherrod Brown

The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) recognizes U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for his plan to present legislation to restructure the nation’s current agricultural-assistance structure.

“The Farm Bill has to be an energy bill, a conservation bill, a rural development bill, a food bill and provide a strong farm safety net to benefit Ohio farms and farmers,” said Brown in a statement.

Today, Brown introduced bipartisan legislation intended to overhaul federal farm subsidies that could save nearly $20 billion throughout the next decade to aid the federal deficit.

“It’s great that an Ohio representative is helping to shape and lead such a vital cause to our state and national agricultural community,” said Tadd Nicholson, OCWGA’s director of government and industry affairs and interim CEO.

Brown’s plan recommends that support will be directed to farmers when on-farm losses occur instead of support in the form of direct payments, often referred to as farm subsidies, that currently offer a fixed per-acre payment based on a farm’s historic production of eligible crops regardless of yield amount.

“Ohio’s farmers deserve a strong safety net that is targeted to those who need it, but only when they need it,” said Brown.

OCWGA advocates for ending the current farm program structure for a transition to an affordable, revenue-based safety-net system and for strengthened crop insurance programs to keep farmers in business during years when circumstances beyond control, such as droughts or flooding, are experienced and is used only when losses occur.

OCWGA works to address domestic and international issues that affect the success of Ohio’s corn and wheat markets, including ethanol, livestock, trade, environment and transportation issues, as well as federal farm programs, research and marketing programs.

To learn more about OCWGA’s 2012 Farm Bill platform, visit



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