Congressman Troy Balderson, who represents Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, has been tapped to serve on the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture.
“Considering my own personal background in agriculture and the work I’ve done to support the agricultural community in my district, this move is a particularly rewarding one,” Balderson said. “I’m honored to become the only Ohio Republican on the House Agriculture Committee and will fight for the priorities that matter most to the Buckeye State.”
Balderson has been particularly involved with issues related to agriculture and trade during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping establish the U.S. Department of Agriculture Coronavirus Food Assistance Program to provide direct relief to farmers and ranchers, as well as purchase $3 billion worth of fresh produce, dairy, and meat for nationwide distribution.
He also has long championed the need for the expansion of rural broadband internet access, an issue overseen by the agriculture committee.
“Agriculture issues affect everyone and have a profound impact in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, where the agriculture sector creates thousands of jobs,” Balderson said. “These issues are not isolated to America’s farms and ranches.”
The committee also oversees legislative priorities related to the farm economy, land conservation, food transparency, innovation in agriculture, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and more.
“Coming from a farm background, Congressman Balderson understands the challenges that Ohio agriculture and Ohio Farm Bureau members face,” said Adam Sharp, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau. “This new role on the House Agriculture Committee gives Mr. Balderson a seat at the table in Washington for issues that are important for Ohio farmers and everyone involved in agriculture. He will be a terrific addition to the committee.”
Balderson also currently sits on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Committee on Small Business and the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.