Mar 16, 2012
Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing his 21st annual Eighth District Farm Forum taking place on March 24th:
“With more than 5,000 farms covering more than one million acres throughout the Eighth District, agriculture is a critical part of our local and state economy. That’s why every year I invite farmers, ranchers, and agricultural policy experts to participate in the Eighth District Farm Forum for an open discussion of important issues and ideas. The 2012 Farm Forum is coming up on Saturday, March 24 in Troy – and it promises to be a good one.
“At last year’s forum in Piqua, the conversation focused on excessive regulations coming out of Washington and the need to expand overseas markets for Ohio farmers.
“Since then, the House has worked to eliminate government barriers that hurt farmers and ranchers. For example, we passed legislation that would stop excessive farm dust regulations. We’re also working to enact an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy to stop government policies that are driving up fuel costs – including the Obama administration’s ‘cap and trade’ national energy tax – and to expand American energy production that would address rising gas prices. These House-passed bills are still awaiting a vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
“The new House majority played a pivotal role in adopting three important bipartisan trade agreements – with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea – to provide new opportunities for farmers and small business owners. After five years of delays, all three pacts were signed into law by the president. The agreement with South Korea, Asia’s fourth largest economy, took effect last week and will help create thousands of new jobs across the country.
“Much more needs to be done. For the 21st annual Farm Forum, I’ve invited a business agricultural leader to continue the discussion about what Washington should be doing to help create a better environment for private-sector job growth in Ohio and across the country.
“Mark Stonacek, president of Cargill’s Grain and Oilseed Supply Chain in North America, will serve as this year’s keynote speaker. Mark and his team are responsible for business operations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, including export grain, soybean processing, softseed processing, biodiesel, and Cargill’s barge line, vessel agency, and stevedoring operations. Like so many of you, Mark understands the importance of America’s farmers to our nation’s economy -- and what needs to be done to encourage job creation.
"Farm Forum is a great opportunity to learn more, speak out about the issues facing farmers today, and have your questions answered. It is free and open to anyone interested in agriculture issues. So please join us on Saturday, March 24, from 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Troy Christian Elementary in Troy. To register, visit johnboehner.house.gov/farmforum, or call my office toll free at 1-800-582-1001 for more information. I hope to see you there.”
Boehner represents Ohio’s 8th District, which includes all of Darke, Miami, and Preble counties, most of Butler and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Montgomery County. He was first elected to Congress in 1990.