National Farmers Union (NFU) Sept. 11 honored Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman with the Friend of Farmers Union award for his distinguished service in his capacity as secretary and his even longer commitment to farmers, ranchers and rural America.

"Dan Glickman has served as secretary during the best and worst of times in the recent history of American agriculture," said NFU President Leland Swenson. "He has marked his distinguished service with an openness to discussing the issues that face agriculture and the rural communities of America. His hard work and expert service has demonstrated his commitment to family farmers and ranchers and the things that matter to them."

Glickman was sworn in as the 26th secretary of agriculture on March 30, 1995. He is the longest serving agriculture secretary in modern times.

Prior to being named secretary, Glickman represented Kansas' Fourth District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 18 years.

"Dan was already a nationally recognized leader in food and agricultural policy when he became secretary," said Swenson. "His service on the House Agriculture Committee was exceptional," While there, he helped write four different farm bills and for six years, played a vital role as chairman of the Subcommittee on Wheat, Soybeans, and Feed Grains."

"It has been our pleasure to work with the secretary on an array of issues," added Swenson. "He has proven that he is, indeed, a 'friend to family farmers and ranchers.'"

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