WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Trump signed the final 2018 Farm Bill into law, 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.
“At the beginning of the year, I pledged to get the Farm Bill done, so that we could provide Ohio farmers with the certainty they deserve,” said Brown. “And I’m proud that this bipartisan bill will do that. We secured important wins for Ohio dairy farmers, as well as soybean and corn farmers. This final bill protects funding for critical nutrition programs that feed Ohio families, makes historic investments in local foods, and continues to invest in programs to improve water quality in Lake Erie and across the state.”
Brown worked to include several Ohio priorities in the 2018 Farm Bill, including:
- Provisions to protect Lake Erie and improve water quality in Ohio
- Brown’s Local Food and Regional Market Supply (FARMS) Act
- A provision to improve funding for Central State University
- Improvements to make the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) Program more workable for Midwest farmers
After passing a Farm Bill that helps feed families across Ohio, Brown today slammed a new Trump Administration proposal that punishes Ohioans who live in areas of high unemployment or who aren’t paid enough for their work by making it harder for them to put food on the table. The Administration’s proposal directly contradicts Congress and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) protections lawmakers included in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Brown will keep working to support farmers, protect Ohio water quality, and feed Ohio families. Learn more about Brown’s work and the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, here.