Congressman Gibbs and Senator Portman Hold Roundtable Discussion to Address Ohio's Drought

August 7, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) held a roundtable discussion this morning at Alt’s Farm in Shelby, Ohio to discuss the impact of the Ohio drought with local farmers and members of the agriculture community. 

On August 2nd, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that 64 percent of the contiguous United States are in drought, the highest percentage since 1956. 

Congressman Gibbs released the following statement following this morning’s roundtable discussion:

“This drought has shown why farmers and ranchers need adequate risk management tools.  Even when the agriculture sector does everything right, Mother Nature can wreak havoc on their livelihoods and our nation’s food supply. 

“As a result of the drought, USDA predicts that consumers will pay three to four percent more for groceries next year.  At a time when our country is experiencing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Americans cannot afford this unfortunate effect of Ohio’s drought. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to hear the concerns of Shelby’s local agriculture community today, and I am working hard to ensure that Ohio’s farming and ranching community have a voice in Congress and have their needs met.

“Congress needs to pass a farm bill that will help ensure farmers and ranchers can make long-term planting decisions that will ensure the safety and quality of domestic food production.”