Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a member of the House and Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee, shared with members of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation on Thursday that after a conversation with Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman Stabenow Thursday afternoon he's much more optimistic that a farm bill will be completed.
"A week ago I was concerned we may not be able to get a farm bill passed," said Brown. "I'm more optimistic after talking with Chairwoman Stabenow on Thursday afternoon that things look like they're coming together, I think it looks like we're fairly close to an agreement and I'm optimistic."
The senator is also confident that if a bill gets to the floor of both Houses, a farm bill will be passed, something the president has said he wants done.
"I talked to the president's Chief of Staff last week, he wants us to move on it, he knows it's a jobs bill," Brown said. "Passing a good farm bill, you know one-out-of seven jobs in our state is tied to food and agriculture and passing a farm bill is good for the economic prosperity of the state, when farmers do well, chances are the whole economy is going to do well."