Sen. John Fetterman meets with local farmers affected by East Palestine train derailment

DARLINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Senator John Fetterman made a trip to Darlington Township on Wednesday to meet with local farmers who were affected by the train derailment in East Palestine.

Farmers from Beaver and Lawrence Counties joined Fetterman for a roundtable. Fetterman’s team said the farmers told him they expressed their concerns about how the train derailment will impact their work in the future. They also talked about wider agricultural issues, including the new Farm Bill negotiations happening within the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

This was Fetterman’s first trip to the affected areas after checking himself into the hospital for clinical depression in February. Fetterman was released from the hospital in late March and is expected to return to the senate on April 17.

“It was an honor and a privilege to sit down with the hardworking farmers of Beaver and Lawrence Counties to hear their concerns following the train derailment in East Palestine, what they want to see from my office moving forward after the derailment, and to hear their wider agricultural concerns ahead of Farm Bill negotiations that are upcoming later this year,” said Fetterman.

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