Brown hears farmers’ concerns

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Brown hears farmers’ concerns

Sentinel-Tribune – For more than 90 minutes Friday afternoon, Northwest Ohio farmers and producers had the ear of a United States senator.

Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, visited the Mark Drewes farm, just north of Hoytville as part of the senator’s “listening tour” in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill.

Drewes introduced Brown as an “advocate and friend” of the farmers.

“He has shown a true concern for us,” Drewes said.

In his opening comments, Brown said he wanted hear from the 20 people gathered for the discussion at the rectangular “roundtable.”

He listened, and he asked focused questions after hearing what the grain farmers, livestock producers and agricultural organization leaders had to say.

Brown noted that he is the first senator from Ohio to serve on the agriculture committee in 40 years.

He asked those gathered to tell him their thoughts on the Average Crop Revenue Election program specifically.

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