Gianforte Receives Friend of Farm Bureau Award

October 25, 2020

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte was presented with a national Friend of Farm Bureau Award by Montana Farm Bureau Federation Exc. Vice President John Youngberg.

The award was presented at a ranch outside of Bozeman on Friday, October 23.

“This is a tremendous honor to receive from the Farm Bureau,” said Gianforte. “It's an encouragement to me as I continue to serve our farmers and ranchers across the state.”

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Friend of Farm Bureau is given each Congress to individuals who have: supported Farm Bureau policy as shown by their voting records; were nominated by their respective state Farm Bureau; and were approved by the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors. The voting records of the 116th Congress are based on priority issues selected by the AFBF board.

“Congressman Gianforte has been a pleasure to work with in Washington D.C.,” John Youngberg explained. “We appreciate all the work that he's done with us. What we found, is the door is open to us all the time. There is always an opportunity to state our views. Let him know where our Montana farmer and rancher members are coming from. Then to have him listen to those ideas and our thoughts to help us put that into action.”

Gianforte added that he knows farmers and ranchers are the backbone of Montana.

“It's been a tough time in farm and ranch country this past year,” said Gianforte. “We were starting to get our trade deals in place and then COVID hit. Honestly, farmers and ranchers have not been getting a fair price for their hard work. We need to do more value-added ag here in the state. We need to preserve the brand through the supply chain because this is really the backbone of our economy.”

Montana Senator’s Jon Tester and Steve Daines have also received the Friend of Farm Bureau Award this year. The first recipients of the “Friend of Farm Bureau” awards were announced in September 1996. The awards have been presented every other September thereafter near the end of subsequent congresses.

Source: Western Ag Network, Montana Farm Bureau Federation