Tester receives Golden Triangle Award from National Farmers Union

Senator’s agriculture leadership earns him the organization’s highest legislative award

(U.S. SENATE) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester received another Golden Triangle Award for his leadership on behalf of agriculture and rural America.

The National Farmers Union award is Tester’s fifth Golden Triangle Award in as many years.

“It’s a great honor to represent Montana farmers and rural America in the Senate,” said Tester, a dryland grain farmer from Big Sandy. “From my amendment to the Food Safety bill that protects family farmers to making sure farmers receive the disaster assistance they need, my focus remains on keeping rural America strong.  These Golden Triangles serve as a constant reminder of rural America’s importance in my work to create jobs and get our economy moving forward.”

Tester amended the bipartisan Food Safety Modernization Act to shield small farms and food processers from federal regulations they can’t afford and don’t need, while raising food safety standards for industrial-scale facilities that produce enormous amounts of food and ship it across the country.

Tester also led the effort to kill the Department of Agriculture’s controversial Animal ID program.  That program added difficult and expensive new requirements for Montana’s ranchers.

The National Farmers Union says this year’s Golden Triangle recipients were honored for their efforts on behalf of America’s family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.

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

Tester, a third-generation farmer, still farms the same land homesteaded by his grandparents.