Today, the office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), announced his appointment as a Senate conferee to help finalize a 2013 farm bill. Brown included a number of provisions into the base text of the bill in addition to amendments that were included in the Senate Agriculture Committee mark-up.
"By refusing to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill, the House broke a 40-year bipartisan tradition. This approach was opposed by more than 530 agriculture, commodity, and rural development groups because they know that splitting the bill will hurt American agriculture," Brown said. "The Senate was able to pass a strong, bipartisan bill that implemented critical farm safety reforms and saved taxpayers more than the House bill. I am honored to be named a farm bill conferee and will fight to ensure that a bill that benefits Ohio farmers and producers, taxpayers, and rural communities is passed into law."
Last July, more than 530 agricultural and rural development organizations urged Speaker Boehner to vote on the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, a five-year, bipartisan bill the Senate passed in June.