Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree have announced they will introduce the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act, a comprehensive bill intended for inclusion in the 2012 farm bill.

This legislation will help farmers and ranchers engaged in local and regional agriculture by addressing production, aggregation, processing, marketing, and distribution needs. It will also assist consumers by improving access to healthy food. Of utmost importance, the bill will provide secure farm bill funding for critically important programs that support family farms, expand new farming opportunities and rural jobs, and invest in the local agriculture economy.