U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, hopes a provision he put in the latest farm bill will help Ohio obtain millions of dollars of additional conservation funds designed to help the state fight harmful algal blooms.

Brown is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and says he's the only Ohioan to sit on the panel in more than four decades.

He also was a member of the farm bill's conference committee — the select band of lawmakers charged with hammering out the final version of the bill.

Brown says he helped create the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which provides $1.2 billion over five years to provide for clean soil and water.

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