DELAWARE, Ohio — The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) is pleased that the Senate’s version of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, otherwise known as the Farm Bill, passed today, June 21, with a strong bi-partisan vote.
“This very hot and dry spring is an unfortunate reminder of the ongoing uncertainty of farming and the need for vital programs like crop insurance. In this era of political gridlock, it’s so encouraging to see the Senate come together in a bi-partisan manner to help clear this major hurdle toward achieving a Farm Bill in 2012,” said OCWGA Executive Director Tadd Nicholson.
OCWGA commends Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown for his support and continued effort to achieve passage from the Senate. As a member of the of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Brown played an integral role in helping to shape a bill designed to support Ohio’s No. 1 industry while contributing more than $23 billion toward reducing the national deficit.
OCWGA is disappointed that Ohio Sen. Robert Portman voted against the legislation.
It’s anticipated that the House will begin drafting its version of the Farm Bill next month. The current legislation expires September 30.
About Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association
The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association represents the interests of tens of thousands of corn and wheat growers throughout the state. OCWGA works in Washington, D.C., and at the Ohio Statehouse to ensure that government participation in legislation is beneficial to advancing the profitability of Ohio grains. For more information, visit ohiocornandwheat.org