Walz, Franken, Grassley Awarded for Ag Support

(Washington, DC) -- Tuesday evening, Representative Tim Walz (Minnesota) and Senator Al Franken (Minnesota) were awarded the Golden Triangle Award by the National Farmers Union (NFU) for their strong support for agriculture policy and family farmers across southern Minnesota.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award from the National Farmers Union,” Representative Walz, Ranking Member of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, said. “We must continue to push House leadership to appoint a conference committee so an agreement can be reached on a bipartisan, long-term Farm Bill that gives our producers the certainty they need to continue to feed and fuel the world.”

“Representative Walz was chosen for this award due to his strong advocacy for family farmers and ranchers in southern Minnesota,” Doug Peterson, President of the Minnesota Farmers Union, said. “He is a true ally of farmers and our NFU members in Minnesota and across the country.”

This is Franken's fourth consecutive Golden Triangle Award.

“Agriculture is the backbone of Minnesota's economy, and I’m honored to receive this award from the Minnesota Farmers Union,” said Sen. Franken. “But our work is far from done. Passing a five-year Farm Bill to give Minnesota’s famers and rural communities the certainty they need to plan for the future has been one of my top priorities, and I will continue to fight to get that done. This isn’t simply something that our ag community wants—it’s something they need.”

Sen. Franken has been a long-time advocate for Minnesota's farmers and rural communities. This year, he pressed hard to pass the bipartisan Senate Farm Bill, and authored the energy section of the bill, which will produce jobs and growth in Minnesota's agriculture energy sector. He also successfully fought to preserve the federal sugar program by working with his Senate colleagues to ensure that vital protections remain in place for sugar growers. The sugar industry contributes thousands of jobs and almost $5 billion to the economies of Minnesota and the region.

This year’s Golden Triangle recipients were selected for their leadership on a variety of issues, including the 2013 Farm Bill, dairy policy, competition, support for the continuation of energy programs and provisions for a safety net for farmers in times of long term market collapse or natural disaster.

The Golden Triangle Award is based on NFU’s symbol – a triangle with “legislation” and “cooperation” forming the sides and “education” the base. The Golden Triangle Awards have been presented every year since 1988.

The award was presented at a reception during NFU’s Fall Legislative Fly-In Tuesday evening

On Tuesday evening, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa received the 2013 Fueling Growth Award from Growth Energy for his work to develop clean-burning, domestically produced ethanol. The award acknowledges that Grassley’s “hard work in Congress has made a significant contribution to the viability of the biofuels industry,” according to Growth Energy. The award is given annually by Growth Energy to members of Congress who support ethanol advancement and work to craft consistent and fair federal policy for the industry.

Grassley has worked for many years to promote favorable federal policies in order to establish renewable fuels as a strong alternative to finite fossil fuels. Grassley vigorously advocates for the maintenance of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

In August 2013, Grassley, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate possible anti-competitive practices by oil companies that may be limiting the competitiveness of renewable fuels.

Grassley received the award Tuesday evening at the Growth Energy Advocacy Conference congressional reception.


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