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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a news conference call today as the Senate Agriculture Committee passed the bipartisan Farm Bill. The 2018 Senate Farm Bill includes key provisions Brown secured to better support Ohio farmers, protect Lake Erie, spur economic development in rural Ohio, and feed hungry families.
Brown secured these priorities after hearing from Ohio farmers and stakeholders during a series of roundtable discussions he hosted throughout the state.
According to a 2017 Ohio State University report on the “Economic Contribution of Agricultural and Food Production to the Ohio Economy,” Ohio’s agricultural and food production sector accounts for $1 in every $13 of the state’s GSP, and 1 in 8 jobs in Ohio.
“This bipartisan bill is good for farmers, good for families, good for taxpayers, good for jobs, and good for Lake Erie,” Brown said. “This bill is big win for Ohio, and it’s the product of a long, bipartisan process, working with farmers and stakeholders over the past year.”
Brown was joined on the call today by Dr. Cathann Kress, Dean of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
“The Farm Bill is more than a ‘farm’ bill- it’s about farms and agriculture but it’s also about the entire food system and food safety, economic development, conservation, education and important research and innovation. It’s critical to the future of all Ohioans, and it’s critical to the future of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University and our ability to continue to implement our land grant mission of serving the people of Ohio. Our goal is to ensure that we have viable production agriculture, food security and safety, and environmental sustainability simultaneously- passage of the Farm Bill is key to our ability to do that,” said Dr. Kress.
There are several key provisions in the bipartisan Senate Farm Bill that Brown introduced and fought to secure, including:
More information on the bill can be found HERE. Brown is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 40 years.