“Farmers and ranchers are the backbone of this country. We must not penalize them with frivolous regulations on things like dust, and we must continue to open up more channels for free trade.”
— Congressman Cory Gardner, R-Colo.
Congressman Cory Gardner, R-Colo., has once again been honored as a Friend of the Farm Bureau.
Gardner first received the award in 2006 as a member of the Colorado General Assembly. He received the award in each of his subsequent years as a Colorado state legislator.
This is the first time Gardner has been recognized by the Farm Bureau as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Farmers and ranchers are the backbone of this country,” Gardner said in a news release. “We must not penalize them with frivolous regulations on things like dust, and we must continue to open up more channels for free trade.
“Strong exports not only lift up the agriculture community, but our entire economy as well.”
In the House, Farm Bureau priorities included the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011, Agriculture Appropriations Act of 2012, the Korean, Panamanian and Columbian Free Trade Agreements, Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act and a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
“The Friend of the Farm Bureau Award is our thanks for fighting for Colorado farm and ranch families in Congress,” said Don Shawcroft, president of the Colorado Farm Bureau, in the release. “The senators and representatives designated for this award understand how difficult it has been to grow food and fiber in this formidable drought.
“They also understand the need to increase world trade as well as eliminate unnecessary regulatory burdens.”
Gardner also has previously received the Colorado Farm Bureau Pinnacle Award, which is the organization’s highest honor.