For Immediate Release
Contact: Susan G. Summers
Two receive "Friend of Farm Bureau" Award
Randallstown, MD (October 31, 2012) – Congressman Andy Harris of the 1st Congressional District and Congressman Roscoe Bartlett of the 6th Congressional District were recently honored for their dedication and service to the farm community, receiving the prestigious Friend of Farm Bureau award.
This award is the Farm Bureau’s method of recognizing Members of Congress who have voted with the farm community on priority issues over the two-year term of each Congress. The award program began in 1996 and this is the 9th bi-annual presentation of the award.
To qualify for the Friend of Farm Bureau award, a legislator must have scored a 60 percent or better voting record on priority bills and amendments identified by our national office. Legislators must be nominated by their State Farm Bureau Board of Directors and the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Board makes the final award decisions.
Congressmen Andy Harris and Roscoe Bartlett have been dedicated to the farm community. They cast key votes in support of farmers on bills to:
- reign in the EPA on their Chesapeake Bay TMDL activities,
- prohibit EPA from over-regulating pesticides,
- preserve the authority of each state to make determinations relating to water quality standards,
- prevent federal regulation of farm dust,
- extend the Bush-era tax provisions important to agriculture,
- repeal Obamacare, and
- implement free trade agreements with Columbia, Panama and Korea.
“Congressman Harris and Congressman Bartlett have been friends to the farm community during their tenure in Congress,” said Maryland Farm Bureau President Patricia Langenfelder. “We appreciate their work on behalf of the farmers in the 1st and 6thDistricts who are trying to stay economically viable even as the state and federal government continue to increase our regulatory burden.”
About: Maryland Farm Bureau is a private, non-profit membership organization committed to promoting and protecting Maryland agriculture and rural life. It is controlled by its members through the democratic process and is financed by voluntary membership dues. Its strength comes from the active participation of over 38,000 member families that belong to the state’s 23 county Farm Bureaus.