09-14-16 NFU Honors 44 Congressional Champions of Agriculture with Golden Triangle Award

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NFU Honors 44 Congressional Champions of Agriculture with Golden Triangle Award

RMFU President presents US Senator Michael Bennet with 2016 NFU Golden Traingle Award

RMFU President Dale McCall presents US Senator Michael Bennet with 2016 NFU Golden Tiaingle Award

WASHINGTON (September 14, 2016) – Having champions in Congress to ensure Americans have strong food and farm policies is important, and National Farmers Union (NFU) proudly recognized 44 outstanding Senators and Representatives who have demonstrated leadership and support for family farmers and ranchers and their rural communities.

The Golden Triangle Award, NFU’s highest legislative honor, was presented to each recipient at an awards reception last night, during NFU’s Annual Legislative Fly-In.

“The Golden Triangle Award represents outstanding leadership and tireless effort on the issues that are important to our industry and organization. It is our honor to recognize the efforts of these Congressional champions and friends of family farming and ranching,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.

The Golden Triangle, first presented in 1988, symbolizes the core principles of the Farmers Union organization: education, cooperation, and legislation. This year’s Golden Triangle honorees were selected for their leadership and contribution to several issues important to family farmers and ranchers, including Trade Promotion Authority, currency manipulation enforcement, and the estate tax.

The 2016 recipients of the Golden Triangle Award are:

Senator Tammy Baldwin

Senator Michael Bennet

Senator Richard Blumenthal

Senator Sherrod Brown

Senator Maria Cantwell

Senator Al Franken

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator Charles Grassley

Senator Martin Heinrich

Senator Heidi Heitkamp

Senator Mazie Hirono

Senator John Hoeven

Senator Angus King

Senator Amy Klobuchar

Senator Patrick Leahy

Senator Claire McCaskill

Senator Jeff Merkley

Senator Christopher Murphy

Senator Gary Peters

Senator Brian Schatz

Senator Debbie Stabenow

Senator Jon Tester

Senator John Thune

Representative Joe Courtney

Representative Rosa DeLauro

Representative Jeff Fortenberry

Representative Chris Gibson

Representative Steny Hoyer

Representative Marcy Kaptur

Representative Ann Kirkpatrick

Representative Ann Kuster

Representative Dave Loebsack

Representative Ben Lujan

Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham

Representative Jim McGovern

Representative Dan Newhouse

Representative Rick Nolan

Representative Nancy Pelosi

Representative Collin Peterson

Representative Chellie Pingree

Representative Mark Pocan

Representative Bruce Poliquin

Representative Tim Ryan

Representative Tim Walz

National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership


Washington, DC – The National Farmers Union (NFU) honored Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today with the 2016 Golden Triangle Award, the organization’s highest legislative honor. The annual award is presented to members of Congress who have demonstrated leadership and support policies that benefit America’s family farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and rural communities.

“Colorado’s farmers and ranchers and our $40 billion agriculture industry help drive our state’s economy,” Bennet said. “Their input was invaluable as we tackled the Farm Bill, which we passed in 2014 and continues to provide more certainty for our producers, and rural communities. Listening directly to Colorado farmers will help us ensure that they have the resources needed to continue to provide food and fuel to Colorado and America.”

This is Bennet’s seventh Golden Triangle award.  As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Bennet helped craft the Farm Bill with the help of Coloradans across the state.  He was also selected to serve on the conference committee convened to work out the differences between the House of Representatives and Senate versions of the bill.  Bennethelped ensure that Colorado priorities were in the final version of the Farm Bill, including a strengthened crop insurance program, improved conservation easements, reauthorization of the livestock disaster program, important forestry measures for reducing the risk of wildfires, and the continuation of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for Colorado counties.

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.