Colorado Farm Bureau announces 6 'Friend of Farm Bureau' winners
The Colorado Farm Bureau announced the members of the 112th Congress who were awarded the "Friend of Farm Bureau" award. The award is given at the end of each Congress to those who voted with Farm Bureau on priority issues a significant portion of the time and were nominated by the Colorado and American Farm Bureau.
Colorado award winners for the 112th Congress are: Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, and Reps. Mike Coffman, Cory Gardner, Doug Lamborn and Scott Tipton.
"The Friend of Farm Bureau Award is our thanks for fighting for Colorado farm and ranch families in Congress," said Don Shawcroft, Colorado Farm Bureau president. "The senators and representatives designated for this award understand how difficult it has been to grow food and fiber in this formidable drought. They also understand the need to increase world trade as well as eliminate unnecessary regulatory burdens."
Issues that were Farm Bureau priorities in the US Senate included the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, the Korean, Panamanian and Colombian Free Trade Agreements and numerous votes on the Agricultural Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012. In the House of Representatives, Farm Bureau priorities included the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011, Agriculture Appropriations Act of 2012, the Korean, Panamanian and Colombian Free Trade Agreements, Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act and full repeal of the Affordable Care Act of 2012.
"It is gratifying to see the bipartisan support of Colorado's Congressional delegation for agriculture and food production and it is reflected in their votes. We thank them for their support," said Shawcroft.
Three of Colorado's congressional delegation did not qualify for Friend of Farm Bureau in the 112th Congress. Reps. Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter and Jared Polis voted with Farm Bureau less than 30 percent of the time on priority issues important to agriculture.
The Colorado Farm Bureau, as the premier grassroots organization, promotes the future of agriculture and protects rural values.