WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee voted to clear the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012, the bipartisan 2012 Farm Bill today. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation, included provisions that would overhaul the farm safety net, bolster rural economic development, and ensure access to healthy and affordable food. The bill would save taxpayers $23 billion over 10 years.
“The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act is the most sweeping reform to agriculture policy in nearly 20 years. While saving $23 billion in taxpayer dollars, this bill promotes Ohio agriculture, protects critical nutrition programs, promotes conservation, invests in farm-based renewable energy, and continues our commitment to rural communities across America,” Brown said. “This is a good bill for the nation and for Ohio. The leadership of Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Roberts is proof that working together in a bipartisan manner is critical to moving our nation forward. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues as this bill moves toward full Senate consideration.”
Over the last year, Brown has taken his “Grown in Ohio” Listening Tour around the state to meet directly with farmers, business leaders, and community officials in advance of Senate consideration of the Farm Bill, guiding Brown’s legislative priorities. As a result of these listening sessions, Brown introduced the Aggregate Risk and Revenue Management Act to overhaul the farm safety net; the Connecting Rural America Act to bring broadband to underserved communities; the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act to bolster the production of healthy, fresh, Ohio-grown food; and the Grow it Here, Make it Here Act to create jobs and economic growth through development of the biobased product manufacturing sector.
View a copy of the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act, including Brown’s amendments that were accepted by the Committee, at the Senate Agriculture Committee website.