WASHINGTON, D.C. - A representative from the office of Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is to conduct office hours 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday to listen to concerns and challenges facing Ohio's agricultural industry directly from farmers and planters at the Seneca County Farm Service Agency, 3140 S. SR 100, Suite C, Tiffin.
In March, Brown addressed the Ohio Farm Bureau in Washington, 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.
Last spring, Brown also conducted a call with nearly 30 Ohio farmers to announce he is to be the new chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy.
This 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.
Brown is the first Ohioan in more than 40 years to serve on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Brown said he 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 ideas to Washington. He helped secure six major provisions to improve and reform the farm safety net, support rural communities, promote renewable energy, encourage healthy diets and protect natural resources.