DAVIDSONVILLE, MD. (September 21, 2022) — Five members of Maryland’s congressional delegation were named “Friend of Farm Bureau” for the 117th Congress. The American Farm Bureau Federation awards were given to Congressmen Andy Harris (District 1), Steny Hoyer (District 5), Dutch Ruppersberger (District 2), John Sarbanes (District 3), and David Trone (District 6) for their leadership and advocacy in supporting Maryland’s farmers, and food security for American consumers.
“The support of this year’s Friend of Farm Bureau recipients helps to preserve the future of family farms in Maryland, maintain our ability to produce safe and affordable food, and provide resources to assist farmers in implementing environmentally friendly practices,” said Maryland Farm Bureau President Wayne Stafford. “We are very fortunate to have elected officials in Washington, D.C., who understand and appreciate the important role agriculture plays in our nation.”
The Friend of Farm Bureau awards are presented at the end of each Congress to lawmakers based on individual voting records on Farm Bureau priority issues which, in 2021 and 2022, included emergency COVID assistance for farmers, rural broadband access, funding for infrastructure, and ocean shipping reform.
“Maryland’s farming community is the backbone of our state providing an abundant and reliable supply of food, renewable fuel, and fiber,” said Stafford. “Farm Bureau is honored to recognize these five members of Congress for their outstanding support that ensures our rural and urban agricultural communities continue to thrive.”
The Friend of Farm Bureau awards, which began in 1996, were presented during Maryland Farm Bureau’s Council of County Presidents Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.
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