Yesterday, First District Congressman Paul Ryan joined Representatives Gibbs, Wenstrup, Joyce, and Speaker John Boehner in addressing the 67th annual Ohio Farm Bureau Legislative Forum. The forum provided County Presidents and Members of Congress with the opportunity to discuss issues facing the agricultural industry and the current fiscal climate in Washington. After the event, Congressman Ryan made the following statement:
"Ohio and my home state of Wisconsin share a rich agricultural history, and I was grateful to join Congressman Gibbs today in addressing members of the Ohio Farm Bureau." Ryan added, "Good paying agricultural jobs depend on economy certainty, open markets for trade and a commitment to energy independence. That's why, next week, the House of Representatives will do what we believe we were elected to do: deliver a balanced budget that pays down the debt to ensure that future generations inherit a stronger, more prosperous and free America."
Representative Bob Gibbs, who extended the invitation to Congressman Ryan, expressed a shared commitment to the continued growth of the agricultural industry, saying: "There are a number of critical issues facing both our state and national agricultural industry, and by bringing together leaders in this community, we are able to work together toward the betterment of Ohio's number one industry -- agriculture." He continued, "It is imperative that Congress pass a long-term farm bill that will ensure the viability and safety of our nation's food supply."