Montana Senator Steve Daines was presented with a national Friend of Farm Bureau Award October 14 by Montana Farm Bureau President Hans McPherson. The award was presented during a roundtable meeting with USDA's Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach at the Morgan Ranch in Belgrade.

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.

“It’s an honor to receive this award from Farm Bureau and I will always fight for our Montana farmers and ranchers to ensure they have the best opportunities possible to provide high-quality Montana ag products to our nation and the world,” Daines said.

MFBF President Hans McPherson said, “I’m excited about presenting the Friend of Farm Bureau Award to Senator Daines as it shows that although he isn’t involved in production agriculture, he understands the concerns of those in agriculture. He realizes that agriculture is the number-one industry in Montana. In addition, we are especially glad Senator Daines is receiving this non-partisan award as he always makes time for Montana farmers and ranchers when they visit Washington, D.C. Senator Daines is a true friend of the farmer and rancher.”
MFBF’s Director of National Affairs Nicole Rolf has worked extensively with Senator Daines and his staff. She added, “Senator Daines is an incredible supporter of agriculture and rural America. He is a real leader in Congress on issues of importance to our farmer and rancher members.  He’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and do what needs to be done, even on tough issues. We appreciate that he welcomes and values input he receives from Montanans and are proud to present him with the Friend of Farm Bureau award.”
Montana Senator Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte have also received the Friend of Farm Bureau Award. 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.

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