Sen. Franken Receives Golden Triangle Award from National Farmers Union
For the second year in a row the National Farmers Union has honored Sen. Franken with their Golden Triangle award. The Golden Triangle is an award given to legislators who have demonstrated leadership on issues relevant to America's family farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Photos from the event can be found here.
"It is an honor to receive this award," said Sen. Franken. "I always say that agriculture is the backbone of Minnesota's economy. And I truly believe that new innovations in agriculture will move us ahead in developing alternative energy, accessing new international markets, and ensuring access to safe, healthy food for people both here and around the world. I am proud to be a strong advocate for Minnesota's family farmers here in Washington."
The National Farmers Union was established in 1902 to help the family farmer address profitability issues and monopolistic practices. NFU has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
Sen. Franken is an outspoken supporter of farmers and Agriculture in Minnesota. He led the effort to urge an increase in the Fiscal Year 2012 budget for USDA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which funds critical agriculture research at the University of Minnesota and across the country; has twice introduced the Dairy Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Act, which would help Minnesota dairy products stand out in a crowded marketplace; and will be taking an active role in crafting the 2012 Farm Bill, to make sure that federal farm policies support Minnesota's family farmers and move America forward in tackling the global food and energy challenges of the 21st century.
This is the second time Sen. Franken has been honored with this award since he took office in 2009.