The National Farmers Union (NFU) today honored Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet with the 2013 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 are a crucial part of our agriculture industry that provides food, fuel, and fiber to our state and nation,” Bennet, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said. “While they have been out working in their fields and tending to their livestock, Congress has failed to get its job done. We need to pass a long-term Farm Bill to provide crucial support to our producers, sportsmen, and rural communities. We will continue to fight to get this bill to the President’s desk so that they have the certainty they need to plan for the future.”
Bennet today met with Colorado members of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, who presented him with the award. He is one of 37 lawmakers to be honored and the only member of the Colorado delegation to receive the award this year. This is Bennet’s fourth Golden Triangle award.
As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Bennet helped write the bipartisan reauthorization of the Farm Bill that the Senate passed in June. He was also selected to be a member of the Conference Committee that will negotiate the differences between the Senate- and House-passed versions of the Farm Bill.
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.