Senators honored for ag leadership

Baucus, Tester receive Golden Triangle Awards from National Farmers Union

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Montana’s two U.S. Senators have earned national honors for their work serving America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities.

The National Farmers Union today awarded Golden Triangle Awards to Max Baucus and Jon Tester.  The yearly awards go to members of Congress who are leaders on agricultural issues.

Baucus has received seven awards from the National Farm Union since 2002, including the Golden Triangle and the Presidential Award for Leadership.

“Agriculture is Montana’s number one industry, and Montana farmers and ranchers know I’m fighting for them in the U.S. Senate,” said Baucus, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.  “It’s important to me to earn a Golden Triangle every year.”

Tester, a third-generation Big Sandy farmer, has won a Golden Triangle each of the three years he has served in the U.S. Senate.

“Earning a Golden Triangle Award means a lot to a guy who still runs a family farm,” Tester said.  “This honor is a symbol of my promise to rural America—that I’ll always work hard to put Montana, our communities, and our family farms and ranches first.”

The National Farmers Union says this year’s Golden Triangle recipients were selected for leadership on issues including efforts to increase transparency and oversight of commodity markets, support for increasing the use and production of renewable fuels, and increasing competition in the marketplace.

The Golden Triangle Award is based on the emblem of the National Farmers Union, which symbolizes legislation, cooperation and education.