Congressman Steve Stivers held an Agricultural Roundtable with area farmers on Monday to receive their input regarding federal issues facing the industry.
There were five attendees from Union County, along with farmers from Madison and Franklin counties.
"In this tough economy Congress needs to promote the growth of our agricultural community and that is why I appreciated the opportunity to hear directly from our farmers today," Stivers said. "Our nation's farmers make it possible to put food on our tables and we need to make certain we are not placing unnecessary regulations on their industry which put them at a disadvantage."
During the roundtable, held at Der Dutchman in Plain City, more than 18 members of the agricultural community voiced their concerns regarding agriculture policy before Congress. The group discussed a number of issues that could impact the American farmer's competitiveness in the global economy including: trade policies, farm subsidies and the high cost of crop insurance.
Additionally, the attendees shared their apprehension with the skyrocketing national debt and many in the group are concerned that the Environmental Protection Agency has too much authority and as a result, there is over-regulation on agricultural businesses on the local level.