Washington, D.C (WTAP). – Thursday was day one of confirmation hearings for U.S. Department of Agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue, and one local senator says Perdue has his full support.
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown says he feels the former Georgia governor is a good fit for the new role, but hopes to educate him on unique issues facing Ohio farmers.
Brown says he'll continue to fight for laws to protect farmers financially, including instances when their crops don't grow as expected, or when crop prices drop too low for farmers to make a profit.
Senator Brown says,
To me it's about Ohio agriculture of course, whether it's grains in northwest Ohio, soybeans, sweet oats, corn, or whether it's more dairy specialty crops in southeast Ohio. One in seven jobs in our state is connected to agriculture. I want to make sure that the Secretary from Georgia, who knows alot about cotton and peanuts, knows more about our part of the Country.
Brown’s also teaming up with several other senators to continue to fight the opioid crisis.
He's introduced a new bill called the Interdict Law that would help U.S. Customs and Border Patrol detect fentanyl more easily.
Brown says it's all made possible with new high-tech drug screening equipment and increased lab resources.