WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13, 2012—The American Farm Bureau Federation has honored Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) with its “Golden Plow” award. The award is the highest recognition the organization bestows on members of Congress.
Goodlatte was presented the award today for his long-standing support of America’s farmers and ranchers by AFBF President Bob Stallman and Virginia Farm Bureau President Wayne Pryor. The award was presented during an event in Harrisonburg, Va.
“Congressman Goodlatte is a consistent, strong budget conservative and has set a solid example of the courage required to rein in government spending—which all of us as taxpayers applaud,” Stallman said.
“Congressman Goodlatte is a vigorous defender of private property rights, both real and intellectual, and he continues to lead the fight against regulatory overreach. He is a champion for private forestry and has worked tirelessly to ensure farmers of all sizes have access to the conservation programs that assist them in maximizing their farms’ economic returns while contributing measurable results toward enhancing the environment.”
The Virginia Farm Bureau nominated Goodlatte for the award. According to Stallman, since Goodlatte was first elected in 1992 to represent Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, he has “applied his common sense, expertise and determination to finding solutions to the challenges facing American agriculture.”
Since coming to Congress, Goodlatte has served on the House Agriculture Committee and also serves on the Judiciary and Education and Workforce committees—assignments where he has worked on a number of issues facing farmers and ranchers.
Stallman said that Goodlatte’s consistent leadership in Congress is highlighted by his tenure as House Agriculture Committee Chairman, beginning in 2003. While House rules impose term limits on chairs, Stallman said agriculture continues to benefit from Goodlatte’s leadership as he closely works as the committee’s vice chairman with current House Ag Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.).
“We are pleased to honor Congressman Goodlatte with AFBF’s highest legislative award,” Stallman said. “As he has demonstrated, Congressman Goodlatte is a true champion of America’s farmers and ranchers.”
AFBF’s Golden Plow award recognizes members of Congress—regardless of party affiliation—for distinguished agricultural leadership and support of Farm Bureau policies. Recipients are chosen based on having a philosophy or record that demonstrates a commitment to: the private enterprise system; sound agricultural policies supported by Farm Bureau; fiscal conservatism; and reduced federal regulations on businesses and individuals.