Brown uses roundtables to craft legislation

Delaware Gazette

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is not one to pass up an opportunity to learn about his constituents.

After he was recognized as “Legislator of the Year” by the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) in a presentation at the Troy Township farm of Bret Davis on April 23, Brown asked all the attending farmers who they were and where they were from. He even asked one farmer about why it was OK to use cow manure as fertilizer, but not dog/cat manure. (The answer: Bascially fewer parasites in cow manure).

As he accepted a plaque from the OSA for his efforts to pass the Farm Bill this year, he told the farmers about the importance of sitting down and listening to his constituents.

“This started for me as a series of roundtables back in 2007,” Brown said. “I’ve done probably 30 or 40 of these where we could sit with a dozen to 15 farmers in every county, whether it’s about specialty crops in southern Ohio, or scientists at Ohio State using your products. It did a couple things: one, it taught me more about how the pricing and the market works; and second, it gave me a real model on figuring out how we write up some of these proposals to make it work.”

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