More than 80 days after the Senate passed a five-year, bipartisan farm bill -- and just 18 days before the 2008 farm bill expires -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Ohioans to call on the House to pass a five-year farm bill. On June 21st the Senate passed a bipartisan, five-year farm bill, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, but that the House has yet to act. Brown was joined in Washington by Former Ambassador Tony P. Hall and Fred Yoder, a Plain City, Ohio farmer and representative of the renewable energy association, 25x'25--in calling on Congress to pass a five-year farm bill.
"The House's refusal to consider a five-year farm bill is reckless and contributes to uncertainty among Ohio's agricultural producers and farmers," Brown said. "The bipartisan Senate farm bill--the most significant reform of U.S. agriculture in decade--would save taxpayers $23 billion while investing in Ohio's number one industry. The farm bill is a jobs and innovation bill, an economic relief and development bill, and it affects every American every day. We can't afford to watch the House sit on the sidelines any longer."
This week, Brown received awards from two agricultural organizations: the Ohio Farmers Union's Golden Triangle and Growth Energy's Fueling Growth Awards. The Golden Triangle is the National Farmer's Union's highest legislative honor, presented every year since 1988 to legislators who have demonstrated leadership and support policies that benefit America's family farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and rural communities. The "Fueling Growth" Award is presented to legislators dedicated to fostering innovation and growth in all domestic energy sectors, including biofuels and other farm-based renewable energy sources.
One in seven Ohio jobs is related to the food and agriculture industry and provisions Brown authored would save taxpayers $23 billion, while creating jobs and boosting rural development. Brown, who serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation, is the first Ohioan on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 40 years.