Ohio Department of Agriculture Accepting Specialty Crop Grant Proposals

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (March 23, 2020) –The Ohio Department of Agriculture is now accepting grant applications for the 2020 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Funds from this grant are given to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops. The application deadline for these specialty crop grants is Thursday, April 30, 5pm EST.

Brown, Colleagues Call For Increased Funding For Schools And Education Support Professionals Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C., March 23 – Last week, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined 18 of his Senate colleagues in calling for increased federal funding for schools and school employees, such as cafeteria staff, bus drivers, and custodians, who are working overtime to support their communities during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As the pandemic continues, schools are continuing to provide essential services in their communities, from providing meals to implementing distance learning to serving as community hubs. Given these demands, the senators wrote to Senate appropriators to request additional funding for schools and their employees.

PUCO directs utilities to suspend meter readings, non-essential work

COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 20, 2020) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today issued an order directing Ohio’s electric, natural gas, water & wastewater distribution utilities to suspend any in-person meter reading activities, and any other non-essential work that would create unnecessary social contact.

Brown Calls On President Trump To End Efforts To Sabotage The Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 20 – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and 18 of his colleagues in a letter calling on President Trump to reverse course on efforts to repeal, sabotage, or undermine healthcare coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act. In the letter, the senators criticized the administration’s continued efforts to weaken and eliminate the Affordable Care Act and put millions of Americans’ health care at risk during a pandemic.

Ohio State Parks remain open but park offices will close to public visitors

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In response to the developing public health situation with COVID-19 and the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) guidance, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will be closing all Ohio State Park offices to public visitation at 5 p.m. on March 17 to protect the health of both visitors and staff.

Elective surgeries postponed in Ohio hospitals

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced last week the Ohio Department of Health has issued an order declaring that elective surgeries and procedures in Ohio's hospitals be postponed in an effort to conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and first responders.

Brown Introduces Bill To Ensure Free Coronavirus Testing

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 13 – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tina Smith (D-MN), Gary Peters (D-MI), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA) and other Senate Democrats to introduce legislation that would ensure free tests to confirm coronavirus (COVID-19) infections.