With a Farm Bill that includes disaster assistance set to expire at the end of September, and what he describes as the “pathetic action in the House,” Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown on Wednesday, August 1, outlined again how the Senate passed farm bill provides critical assistance to farmers affected by the drought.
When asked about the House moving toward a more limited ag disaster aid bill in the short term, the Senator responded.
“The House is looking at kind of disaster alone, not a long term solution,” said Senator Brown. “I know it’s hard to put a Farm Bill together in the House, but in the end farmers want a reliable safety net that can protect them in situations of drought and situations of low crop prices and dealing with disasters in short term extensions don’t do that well.”
Joining Senator Brown on the call with reporters was Champaign County farmer Alex Ward and State Climatologist Jeff Rogers.
Ward, an 8th generation farmer says when it comes to the Farm Bill, crop insurance is the tool most needed going forward.