U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Nov. 1 introduced legislation that would expand markets for local farming businesses, increase access to locally grown foods and replenish community economies.

The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act would help farmers and ranchers by addressing production, aggregation, marketing and distribution needs.

“Linking Ohio producers with Ohio consumers is common sense,” Sen. Brown said in a statement issued by his office. “By increasing access to fresh, local foods, we can expand markets for Ohio's agricultural producers while creating jobs and strengthening our economy.”

According to the statement, for each dollar consumers spend on food, less than 16 cents is returned to the farmer.

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