Below Wheat Growers provides some insight on the important role both of Ohio’s members of Congress have played in the agricultural policy arena this past year.
As chair of the Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth, and Energy Innovation, Sen. Brown fought for a sensible five-year farm package. He has continued his work to improve upon programs like ACRE and was a key supporter of developing a safety net for farms during uncertain times like the drought that plagued the nation during 2012. He also openly challenged his colleagues to help bring the farm bill to the floor for a vote.
Congressman Gibbs, also past president of Ohio Farm Bureau, was vocal in his support of a balanced five-year farm bill and continued to push for a compromise and final passage. The congressman also was the lead sponsor of H.R. 872, a bill that would help farmers and many other entities from facing duplicative and unnecessary financial and administrative burdens in order to comply with various federal permits.
As the 2013 year unfolds, agriculture will continue to look to leaders like Brown and Gibbs to champion important work on the farm bill and other pieces of legislation that might affect Ohio’s No. 1 industry.