Budget bill has provisions of interest to farmers

Buckeye Farm News

House Bill 487, part of a comprehensive review of state government management operations and policies also known as the Mid-Biennium Review (MBR), has several provisions of interest to Ohio Farm Bureau members.

Funding for these programs was left out of the capitol appropriations bill earlier this year, which only included a $6 million appropriation for Clean Ohio’s Rails to Trails program. 

“What you see when you look at the additional $6 million and $36 million is a total funding of about $48 million, equaling almost half of the total allowable amount under the bond issue,” said Beth Vanderkooi, OFBF director of state policy. “This was a way to balance both including the preservation money and also realizing that we are not in a spend and spend and spend economy.”

The bill also includes a $3 million appropriation to go toward water quality efforts in Ohio and a provision that creates a funding stream for the ag STEM school.

“We really appreciate the bipartisan support of this bill by the legislature, especially the work by Chairman Widener (R- Springfield) and Chairman Amstutz (R- Wooster) to support Clean Ohio,” Vanderkooi said.

Farm Bureau also thanks Gov. John Kasich for his support of these important programs.

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.