WASHINGTON, D.C. – In case you missed it, President Trump signed the final 2018 Farm Bill into law yesterday, which includes several provisions U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) fought to include. As a member of the committee tasked with reconciling the differences between the House and Senate versions of the 2018 Farm Bill, Brown fought for provisions that were important to Ohio farmers. Brown, the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 50 years, held roundtables around Ohio to hear from Ohio farmers and rural communities about what they wanted to see in the bill.
Learn more about Brown’s work and the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, here.
Here's what Ohio Stakeholders are saying about Brown’s work and the 2018 Farm Bill:
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
“OEFFA is very pleased to see permanent, mandatory funding to support a next generation of farmers and programs that will increase access to healthy food choices, build strong communities, and create jobs,” said Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Policy Director Amalie Lipstreu. “We truly appreciate Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown’s hard work and leadership for farmers and all Ohioans.”
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
“It is a big responsibility to help formulate policy to provide more food security for our communities and a strong safety net for our farm families. As a member of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Sherrod Brown and his staff spent countless hours traveling our great state to hear directly from farmers and those impacted from farm policy. We applaud Senator Brown for listening to those concerns and then helping to lead the effort to implement an important Farm Bill that is crucial to our members and all Ohioans,” said Frank Burkett III, President, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.
Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association
“The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association commends Senator Brown and his congressional colleagues who took the time to listen to the needs of farmers and community members to craft a new, and overwhelmingly, bi-partisan Farm Bill. They have protected the farm safety-net, secured trade promotion programs, advanced environmental conservation efforts, and have boosted an expanding malting barley market all of which will advance Ohio’s farm families for years to come,” said Tadd Nicholson, Executive Director, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association.
“Rural Action wishes to thank Sen. Sherrod Brown for championing ‘The Local Farms Act’ in the 2018 Farm Bill. This provision creates the Local Agriculture Marketing Program which provides 50 million dollars in yearly funding to advance local food systems--essential to maintaining food access and supporting local economies. We also applaud the continuation of SNAP funding at current levels without the addition of work requirements. The SNAP program creates a needed safety net in Appalachian Ohio, and helps to spur local economic activity for grocery stores in low-income rural areas. In communities where up 20% of the population depends on food assistance this spending power helps to keep grocery stores open, allowing broader access to healthy food choices,” said Debbie Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of Rural Action.
The Nature Conservancy in Ohio
“The new Farm Bill is a victory for the conservation, stewardship, and sustainable use of Ohio’s farms and forests,” said Bill Stanley, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Ohio. “We applaud the efforts of Senator Sherrod Brown to establish bipartisan support for the new Clean Lakes, Estuaries, and Rivers (CLEAR) program which will bring much-needed attention and resources to address the water quality challenges in Lake Erie and encourage conservation on our vitally important agricultural lands.”
Ohio Dairy Producers Association
“Senator Brown has been a strong advocate for Ohio dairy farmers, first as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and now playing a key role in the final negotiations as a conferee on the Farm Bill. We are pleased that the final bill includes critical enhancements to the dairy safety net, making coverage more effective and more affordable for Ohio dairy farmers. The bill also contains important investments in land and water conservation, which are critical to continued improvements to Lake Erie and Ohio’s water resources.
“We are grateful for Senator Brown's effective advocacy for these provisions of importance to Ohio’s farmers and communities, and the many people who benefit from the nutrient rich foods made from milk,” said Scott Higgins, CEO of the Ohio Dairy Producers Association.
Ohio Association of Foodbanks
“So many Ohioans are so grateful to have a strong, bipartisan Farm Bill that protects nutrition programs in place as we turn the page to 2019. The 1.4 million Ohioans that receive SNAP are grateful for help feeding their families when limited incomes don't stretch far enough. Everyone along the food supply chain - from local farmers to local grocery stores - are grateful to know that 700,000 Ohio households can still afford to purchase their products. Our statewide hunger relief network is grateful because we know we could never make up the gap left by a weakened SNAP program. We applaud Congress for reaching this compromise, and especially thank the Senate Agriculture Committee, including Senator Brown, for leading the way,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.
Central State University
“The passage of the H.R.2 Farm Bill is a monumental achievement that ensures support for many American constituencies,” said Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, President of Central State University. “Through the continuous commitment and diligence of our Ohio bi-partisan congressional delegation, Central State University will be made whole as an 1890 Land Grant Institution. Representatives Beatty and Turner initiated support language and Senators Brown and Portman secured the amendment to stabilize funding for Central State and all 1890 Land Grants. This funding will allow CSU to be an agent of change in Ohio communities working with farmers and impacting positively the quality of life for Ohio citizens! Deeply appreciative to the Ohio Congressional delegates! They are Game Changers!”