WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) urged U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to continue investing in conservation programs that allow farmers to prevent runoff and protect water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

During a hearing for the Senate Agriculture Committee this week, Brown condemned proposals in the House to slash conservation funding by nearly $1 billion in the next Farm Bill. Brown told Perdue the USDA cannot walk away from the programs farmers are using to improve water quality across Western Ohio. Brown also urged the Secretary to extend a three-year, $41 million program that Brown helped create in 2016 that aims to protect Lake Erie from harmful algal blooms.

“Investing in the conservation programs that help producers prevent runoff is good for farmers, it’s good for taxpayers, and it’s good for our environment,” Brown said. “By making sure we have the federal resources to tackle runoff and pollution, we can better ensure that Lake Erie and its tributaries remain viable resources for Ohio businesses and residents.”

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