WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition for his work on behalf of Ohio agriculture, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 40 years – received the Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2015 Friend of Farm Bureau award today.

“Our state’s economic and energy security depend on the strength of Ohio’s agriculture sector,” Brown said. “I am committed to working with Ohio farmers and producers to ensure prosperity in our small towns and rural communities. It is an honor to work to support agriculture in Ohio and I thank the Ohio Farm Bureau for this recognition.”

“Senator Brown always opens his door to Ohio farmers, and because of his work on the farm bill, immigration reform and other key issues, we were honored to present him our Friend of Farm Bureau recognition for the 113th Congress,” said Steve Hirsch, president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. “All Ohioans are fortunate to have him working on our behalf.”

Brown 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 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.