BOZEMAN-The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is pleased with the appointment of Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) as chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. Lincoln, a seventh-generation Arkansas farmer, has proven to be a champion for farmers and ranchers. She replaces Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, who is leaving that post to chair the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
“We’re pleased to see that someone who understands the concerns of farmers and ranchers is in this important position,” notes MFBF President Bob Hanson. “She is going to be a great representative for agricultural producers.”
Hanson points out that Lincoln has been very strong in saying that the current climate change bill that passed the House was not acceptable, as it does not do enough to protect farmers. She was a strong defender of the 2008 farm bill, and she has also publicly stated that the U.S. has the “safest, most abundant and affordable supply of food and fiber in the world.”
“American Farm Bureau presented her with the Golden Plow Award in 2008, which is the highest award AFBF presents to a member of Congress. That tells us she is a strong advocate for agriculture. We look forward to working with her,” Hanson concluded.