May 13, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jon Huffmaster(478) 474-0679, ext. 5284
FIVE GEORGIA CONGRESSMEN RECEIVE FRIEND OF FARM BUREAU AWARD
MACON, Ga. – Georgia Farm Bureau members presented five members of the state’s congressional delegation with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award during a recent trip to Washington, D.C., in recognition of their support of agriculture during the 111th Congress.
Reps. John Barrow (D-12th District), Phil Gingrey (R-11th District) and Jack Kingston (R-1st District) and Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson were honored with the award, which has been given every two years since 1996.
The Friend of Farm Bureau Award recipients are chosen by the American Farm Bureau Federation based on their voting records on priority issues established by the AFBF Board of Directors, the number of bills they’ve sponsored and co-sponsored, specific leadership role for Farm Bureau on priority issues, and the their accessibility and responsiveness to Farm Bureau members and leaders.
“We appreciate the support all of these congressmen have given to Georgia agriculture,” said Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. “The Congressmen who received this award each took a strong stand to protect the interests of Georgia’s farmers.”
Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia.