FACT CHECK: Sherrod Brown Is Fighting For Ohio’s Farmers And Getting Results

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FACT CHECK: Sherrod Brown Is Fighting For Ohio’s Farmers And Getting Results

JOSH CLAIMS:  Sherrod Brown’s policies have hurt Ohio’s farmers.

THE TRUTH: Sherrod, the first Ohio Senator to serve on the Agriculture Committee in 40 years, has worked on a bipartisan basis to support Ohio’s farmers and get them the results they need.

1. Senator Brown is the first Ohio Senator to sit on the Agriculture Committee in 40 years. [Columbus Dispatch, 12/23/07]

2. After getting feedback from farmers, Sherrod worked on a bipartisan basis to add six provisions to the 2008 Farm Bill including the Average Crop Revenue Election program, which helped Ohio farmers. [RealClearPolitics, 2/24/12]

3. National Corn Growers Association awarded Sherrod with its “President’s Award” for his leadership. [National Corn Grower’s Association, 7/16/08]

4. Sherrod introduced bipartisan legislation to simplify and streamline existing commodities programs. [NCGA Press Release, 9/23/12]

National Corn Growers Association Awarded Sen. Brown With Its Prestigious “President’s Award.”  In a July 2008 press release, “The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today awarded Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) with its prestigious President’s Award for his leadership and commitment to reform in the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008.” [National Corn Grower’s Association, 7/16/08]

Sen. Brown Was The First Ohio Senator In 40 Years To Serve On The Agriculture Committee.  In December 2007 The Columbus Dispatch wrote “The man who for more than a dozen years represented an urban/suburban House district in northeast Ohio near Cleveland tackled his Agriculture Committee assignment — he is the first Ohio senator in 40 years on the panel — with vigor.” [Columbus Dispatch, 12/23/07]

After Traveling Ohio, Brown Added Six Provisions To The 2008 Farm Bill, Including The ACRE Program.  In February 2011, RealClearPolitics reported “After traveling the state extensively, Brown added six provisions to the 2008 Farm Bill reauthorization, including the Average Crop Revenue Election program, which helped to boost the state’s farmers. [RealClearPolitics, 2/24/12]

Sherrod Brown Introduced Bipartisan Legislation Designed To Simplify, Consolidate And Streamline Existing Commodity Programs Authorized Under The 2008 Farm Bill.  In September 2012, The National Corn Growers Association wrote in a press release, “The National Corn Growers Association today applauded the bipartisan work of Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), John Thune (R-SD), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Dick Lugar (R-IN) to introduce legislation that will create the Aggregate Risk and Revenue Management (ARRM) Program.The bill is designed to simplify, consolidate and streamline existing commodity programs that were authorized as part of the 2008 farm bill.”  [NCGA Press Release, 7/16/08]