Ohio Farm Bureau helped facilitate a listening session for Sen. Sherrod Brown at Patterson Fruit Farm in northeast Ohio as he gathers input for the 2012 Farm Bill.
The farm was the first stop on Brown’s “Grown in Ohio” listening tour, which he announced earlier this year when he visited with OFBF county presidents during their annual trip to Washington, D.C.
“I’m looking forward to traveling around the state listening to Ohioans from small towns and agricultural communities to discuss ways to develop new jobs and economic growth in biofuels and other forms of bio-energy,” Brown said at that time. “Through my work on the farm bill, I will focus on ensuring that we are making the right investments in infrastructure like rural broadband that allows rural small businesses to expand and flourish.”
Brown said the farm bill needs to provide a strong safety net for farmers and be responsible to taxpayers.
Brown is the first Ohioan to serve on both the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee.