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Statement from the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio Environmental Council on the Farm Bill

Columbus, Ohio — When Congress left for recess without passing a new farm bill by September 30th, many programs were left unfunded. Until a new farm bill is in place providing stabilization, our organizations will continue to stress the need for a collaborative effort to pass a farm bill and highlight the importance of farm conservation programs to our state.

The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Jack Irvin, Senior Director State and National Affairs, at the Ohio Farm Bureau:

“When looking at our agricultural economy and our conservation challenges, uncertainty is unfortunately a word we cannot afford. We are asking for quick passage of a comprehensive farm bill that helps alleviate some of that uncertainty and has strong conservation programs.”

The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Peter Bucher, Water Resources Director at the Ohio Environmental Council:

“The farm bill is too important for our agricultural industry and our natural resources to be delayed. We need to pass a strong farm bill clean of harmful provisions that will allow producers to thrive while we expand our conservation efforts.”