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Sherrod Brown: A Friend To Ohio’s Farming Community

As Ohio’s first Senator to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in 40 years, Sherrod Brown is in a unique position to deliver for Ohio’s farmers and rural communities. Sen. Brown’s work to include the ACRE program in the 2008 Farm Bill brought farmers better protections and saved taxpayers money, and his leadership and commitment to reform earned him the “President’s Award” from the National Corn Growers Association. Sen. Brown’s also introduced a measure to promote access to food grown right here in Ohio, and has secured $2.5 billion in rural broadband funding. It’s clear that Sen. Brown is fighting for Ohio’s farmers.

Senator Brown Is Listening To Ohio Farmers.

As Ohio’s first Senator on the Senate Agriculture Committee in 40 years, Senator Brown has worked hard to listen closely to the needs of Ohio’s farmers. During Senator Brown’s first year on the committee the Columbus Dispatch reported that he’d tackled the committee assignment “with vigor.”

Senator Brown Secured “Critical” ACRE Provision That Gave Better Protection To Farmers And Saved Taxpayer Dollars.

After traveling the state and listening to Ohio’s farming community Sen. Brown secured a number of provisions to the 2008 Farm Bill, none more important than the “critical” Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program. This reform was crucial in an uncertain economy as it allowed farmers to choose between traditional farm programs and other options that protected against drops in prices and yield. As a result of farmers having more options, taxpayers would save more than $1 billion.

Senator Brown’s leadership and commitment to reform the 2008 Farm Bill led the President of the National Corn Growers Association to proclaim “Sen. Brown is an exceptional leader” and earned him their prestigious “President’s Award.”

Senator Brown Introduced A Bill To Promote Locally Grown Food.

In November 2011, Senator Brown introduced the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act, which would increase access to locally grown food. Passage of the bill would boost Ohio’s rural economy and improve consumer access to healthy, fresh food. According to study out of Athens, if Ohioans spent 25% of their dollars on local food and businesses, nearly 30,000 jobs would be created. The same study also showed that economic output would increase by $4.2 billion and generate more than $126 million in local and state revenue.

Senator Brown Secured $2.5 Billion To Bring Broadband Access To Rural Communities.

In 2007 Sen. Brown was an original cosponsor of the Rural Broadband Initiative Act which would improve rural broadband access. Sen. Brown then fought to secure $2.5 billion in funding for rural broadband access and last year ground was broken on a project to expand access to broadband for 34 counties in Appalachia. The project would deploy more than 1,900 miles of fiber optic network to more than 705,000 households and connect nearly 600 community anchors.