The American Farm Bureau Federation presented U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga. 2nd Dist., with its Golden Plow Award during a presentation at the Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) office in Macon Aug. 4. This award is the highest honor AFBF gives to sitting members of Congress in recognition of recipients’ representation of farmers and ranchers.
GFB nominated Bishop for the award because of his exemplary work on behalf of U.S. agriculture and his commitment to addressing the needs of his constituent farmers in Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District and their counterparts across the nation.
Bishop is a long-time member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and chairs the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies. He was first elected to Congress in 1992 and is the senior member of Georgia’s U.S. Congressional delegation.
Rep. Bishop, center, accepts the award from AFBF President Zippy Duvall, right, and GFB President Gerald Long, left.
Photo by Logan Thomas
In nominating Bishop for the award, GFB said the congressman has prioritized “what the farmers need” from disaster relief to agriculture research funding, since his early days in Washington and been a leader on a range of issues including labor reform, taxation, trade and farm bill implementation.