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AGRICULTURE

Grassley named ‘Friend of Farm Bureau’

Sep 27, 2016
PHOTO SUBMITTED Senator Grassley is presented with the American Farm Bureau’s “Friend of Farm Bureau” Award in his office.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Farm Bureau Federation recognized Sen. Chuck Grassley with its “Friend of Farm Bureau” award for his reliable support of agriculture and his advocacy on behalf of Iowa farmers.

“Agriculture accounts for a large portion of the Iowa economy,” Grassley said. “I’m committed to ensuring farmers are represented at the policymaking tables in our nation’s capital. As Iowa’s United States Senator and a lifelong family farmer, it’s an honor to be recognized for representing the hard-working American men and women of agriculture.”

The American Farm Bureau Federation gives the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award to members of Congress who have supported Farm Bureau issues, as demonstrated by their voting records, and who were nominated by their respective state Farm Bureau.

“The Farm Bureau is honored to present the ‘Friend of Farm Bureau’ award to Senator Grassley for his reliable support of Farm Bureau priority issues and his consistent voting record supporting Iowa agriculture,” said Craig Hill, president of the Iowa Farm Bureau. “We are grateful to have an advocate like Senator Grassley fighting for agriculture in the U.S. Senate.”

Grassley serves on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, where he brings real-life experience as a family farmer to farm policy. He’s championed efforts to ensure federal farm programs help small- and medium-sized farms weather the highs and lows of farming that are out of a farmer’s control. He’s also worked to keep in place a safety net for farmers through the crop insurance program which is one of the most important risk management tools for farmers.

As chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Grassley leads the Senate’s federal oversight efforts, including antitrust and regulatory issues. Amidst a wave of mergers and acquisitions, he held a hearing in the Judiciary Committee Sept. 20 to highlight consolidation and competition in the U.S. seed and agrochemical industry.

Grassley also has been one of the strongest voices of opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule, which would define 97 percent of the land in Iowa as a waterway and subject it to federal regulation.

The American Farm Bureau Federation is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization governed by and representing farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve educational improvement, economic opportunity and social advancement. Its goal is to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities.

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