Mary Alice Reporting: (Ohio) A final agreement is reached for the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 by the House-Senate Conference Committee.

The Farm Bill holds provisions important for farmers and families relying on programs, such as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).

Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown fought for provisions within the legislation and Brown notes that their bi-partisan consideration came from many roundtables hosted throughout Ohio.

“We listened to farmers in rural communities and fought for them all the way through the process to secure important wins for dairy farmers, as well as soybean and corn farmers.”

One main concern heard from farms was the inability to connect with other farmers looking for new markets for their products.

“Pretty simple idea. Why should Ohioans buy raspberries from California when instead they can buy them from a [local farm]. That’s why we fought for the Local Farms Act.”

Brown points out that the Farm Bill is also a food, a job and economic, broadband, and research bill that will go to the House of Representatives before heading to the President.

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