Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act to benefit farmers

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, April 17, highlighted for reporters the benefits of his Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act.

“First it would give a shot to small and mid-size farmers and emphasize stronger ties between growers and consumers,” said Senator Brown. “Second it would invest in local economies by improving crop insurance products for small and diversified family farms, it would invest in infrastructure for farmers to aggregate, store and distribute their products and finally it would improve consumer knowledge and access to fresh, healthy food by providing incentives for seniors and low income families who rely on SNAP (food stamps) and it would remove barrios so schools can more easily purchase local foods.”

The Senator says linking Ohio producers with Ohio consumers is common sense, adding that by increasing fresh, local foods, markets for Ohio’s agricultural products would be expanded while improving health, creating jobs and strengthening the state’s economy.

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