Sen. Brown’s office to hold farm service agency office hours in Gallia and Lawrence counties in preparation for farm bill

Published 10:12 am Monday, July 18, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A representative from the office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will hold mobile constituent office hours to listen to concerns and challenges facing Ohio’s agricultural industry directly from farmers and planters at the Gallia/Lawrence County office on Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m.

In March, Brown addressed the Ohio Farm Bureau in Washington, D.C., where he announced his plans for the ‘Grown in Ohio’ tour in preparation for the 2012 Farm Bill. In that speech, Brown outlined priorities for economic development and job growth in Ohio’s agricultural industry.

This spring, Brown also held a call with nearly 30 Ohio farmers to announce that he will be the new Chair of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth, and Energy. The critical panel is responsible for job creation in small towns and rural communities and the continued development of renewable fuels and clean energy technologies that support rural America.

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As the first Ohioan in more than 40 years to serve on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Brown is looking forward to working on behalf of Ohio’s agricultural community as the Senate considers the 2012 Farm Bill. During the authorization of the 2008 Farm Bill, Brown traveled around the state to listen to Ohio’s farmers and take their ideas to Washington.

Brown helped secure six major provisions that will improve and reform the farm safety net, support rural communities, promote renewable energy, encourage healthy diets, and protect natural resources.