ZANESVILLE, OH –This week, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) office convened a roundtable discussion with southeast Ohio stakeholders to discuss the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program and efforts to encourage economic development in rural counties.
“The Rural Development program plays a critical role in supporting jobs in Muskingum County and rural communities across the state,” said Brown. “Ohioans count on the Rural Development program for support for everything from combatting opioids to building hospitals. My office and I will continue working with community partners to ensure southeast Ohio gets the support it needs.”
Roundtable participants included the Ohio Mid Eastern Governments Association, Rural Communities Assistance Program, and local government and community leaders. This is one of several roundtable discussions Brown’s office will be hosting around the state as work begins on the 2018 Farm Bill.
In the 2014 Farm Bill, Brown supported a strong Rural Development title.
In 2014, Brown was part of the Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee that successfully negotiated a five-year farm bill. Brown is currently participating in hearings being held in the Senate Agriculture Committee on the 2018 Farm Bill. Brown is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 50 years.