WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on Tuesday met with leaders of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA) to discuss the 2012 Farm Bill and the legislation he has introduced to streamline risk management for agricultural producers, improve bio-based manufacturing, and other issues relevant to stakeholders of Ohio’s largest industry. Brown is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 40 years and chairs its Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation.
(LtoR: OABA President Henney, Board Chairman Mayer, Senator Brown)
“We need to ensure the 2012 Farm Bill works for Ohio producers,” Brown said. “By meeting with groups like the Ohio AgriBusiness Association, the Senate Agriculture Committee is better able to address the challenges facing all of agriculture—from farms and fields to seeds and storage—as we write the next farm bill.”
Meeting with Brown were OABA President and CEO Chris Henney, and Board Chairman Herb Mayer, also of Trupointe Cooperative, Inc., which serves farmers throughout western Ohio and eastern Indiana.
“We are grateful to have Senator Brown representing Ohio on the Senate Agriculture Committee,” Henney said. “The OABA, and the Ohio agribusiness industry as a whole, are thankful for the relationship that we’re able to have with Brown’s office, and their partnership to help move the agriculture agenda forward in the Senate.”
Brown discussed the 2012 Farm Bill and the Agriculture Committee’s hearing schedule. The group also discussed Brown’s work to bring more resources to Ohio to address the algal blooms in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Brown thanked the Ohio AgriBusiness Association for its effort to educate Ohio’s crop nutrient retailers in proper nutrient stewardship.
Brown also outlined his work on a bio-based product manufacturing bill. This emerging industry holds the potential to spur economic activity and reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil by replacing petroleum-based plastics, chemicals, and pesticides with substitutes from waste-streams and home-grown agricultural products like corn and soybeans.