BOZEMAN--Representative Ray Shaw (HD-71) from Sheridan received the Distinguished Service Golden Plow Award during Montana Farm Bureau’s Summer Conference June 11-13 in Bozeman. This award is given to termed-out legislators who have exhibited exemplary service and dedication to agriculture in their tenure as a Montana legislator.

Representative Shaw scored over 100 percent on the MFBF report card, which is remarkable enough, but the fact that he has been a tireless advocate for agriculture during his tenure in the House made him an easy pick for the Golden Plow Award.  Serving as Chair of the House Agriculture Committee, Representative Shaw worked aggressively to get agriculture friendly legislation passed and bills with negative impacts to agriculture killed.  He sponsored several bills MFBF supported this session, including HB 520 which increased funding for the Livestock Loss Board. 

“Montana Farm Bureau is proud to have Representative Shaw on our team,” said MFBF President Hans McPherson. “The passion and determination with which he defended agriculture will be greatly missed, as well as his keen sense of humor.”