WASHINGTON, D.C, - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that the U.S. Senate passed $660,000 in federally funded projects in Ohio that support agricultural development. The funding, which was secured by Brown, was included in the Interior Appropriations Act of 2010.
“Agriculture is the lifeblood of our state’s rural communities,” Brown said. “These funds will ensure that Ohio’s rich agricultural heritage is protected and advanced to the next generation.”
In the economic downturn, the necessity for Ohio farmers and businesses to compete in the global market has become increasingly profound. Through these funds, Ohio’s agricultural sector can invest in new technologies to improve soil efficiency, protect against the threat of disease outbreaks, and ensure their long-term economic viability.
Brown has been a leading advocate in Congress for investing in rural communities. As Chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Food, Nutrition and Family Farms, Brown is working to strengthen Ohio’s agricultural sector’s competitiveness in the global marketplace.
$160,000 The Ohio Center for Farmland Policy Innovation – The Ohio State University
This funding would allow The Ohio Center for Farmland Policy Innovation to support critical technologies for the improvement of soil efficiency. Federal support to continue this program will enable additional communities throughout Ohio to improve their soil efficiency. These funds were secured by Brown.
$500,000 Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Study - The University of Toledo
This funding would study the emerging viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) disease. This research merges the powers of new geospatial Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Molecular Genetic Technology and advanced Environmental and Public Health Statistics to understand and combat a new disease outbreak in the Great Lakes region. These funds were secured by Brown.
Brown is the first Ohioan in more than 40 years to sit on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee. Brown is also the Chair of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition, and Family Farms.