Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) met with the Ohio Farm Bureau (OFB), including Executive Vice President Jack Fisher, to discuss ongoing issues critical to Ohio agriculture. In particular, Portman and Fisher discussed the Administration’s trade agenda and current U.S.-Japan negotiations on agriculture issues. Portman also expressed concern about a virus that kills newborn pigs that has been found on hog farms in Ohio.

“It’s always a great pleasure to visit with my friends from the Ohio Farm Bureau,” said Portman. “Agriculture is our state’s number one industry, contributing $105 billion to our economy. I am proud to stand with Ohio’s farmers and will continue my work in the U.S. Senate to ensure our farmers can compete and win on a level playing field.”

“During their recent trip to Washington, D.C. our county Farm Bureau presidents enjoyed the opportunity to meet with Senator Portman and discuss the efforts he's making on behalf of Ohio farmers,” said OFB Executive Vice President Jack Fisher. “I was glad to follow up on that conversation yesterday. Farm Bureau members appreciate how the Senator is always willing to work with us on important issues like farm policy, trade and water quality.”

Earlier this year, Portman voted to support the Farm bill, H.R. 2642. Portman is a recipient of the 2013 Friend of Farm Bureau Award.