WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives of the Ohio Farmers Union today awarded U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) with the Golden Triangle, the National Farmers Union’s (NFU) highest legislative honor, for his work on behalf of Ohio’s family farmers, ranchers, fisherman, and rural communities. The Ohio Farmers Union members presented Brown with the award at his weekly coffee with constituents while in Washington, D.C. for the NFU’s 2015 Fall Legislative Fly-In.
“Our state’s prosperity – and economic and energy security – depends on the strength of Ohio’s agriculture sector,” Brown said. “I will continue working alongside Ohio’s farmers and producers to expand market opportunities, maintain a strong and fiscally responsible safety-net, and strengthen rural communities.”
Brown – the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 50 years – was part of the Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee that successfully negotiated a five-year farm bill that had been stalled for more than three years. Brown helped write the centerpiece of the deficit reduction measures in the bill, which reformed the farm safety net by eliminating fixed-price support programs, reducing overlap with crop insurance, simplifying application and administrative processes, and saving billions of taxpayer dollars. He also supported significant reforms to the farm-safety net and a strong Rural Development title in the 2014 Farm Bill to encourage economic development in rural communities.