U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown was at Patterson Fruit Farm in Chester Township on Friday to kick off a series of roundtable-style discussions he plans in the upcoming months.
His goal is to get input from farmers before the U.S. Senate considers the 2012 Farm Bill.
About 45 people from Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Columbiana, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties were in attendance. The forum included growers, dairy farmers, sustainable agriculture and conservation representatives, and representatives from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Ohio Farmers Union.
Also in attendance were Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Steve Maurer; Ohio's Director of USDA Rural Development Tony Logan; and Robert Boggs, the newest member of the Farm Service Agency.
The Farm Bill is coming up for reauthorization, a process that takes place about every five years, said Brown, D-Ohio.
"The farm bill which we will be considering is a chance to go over every segment of farming," the senator said during the session.
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