WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Rick Allen (R-Ga.-12) received the Friend of Farm Bureau Award by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). AFBF gives the award at the end of each Congress to legislators who have at least a 60 percent voting record in agreement with AFBF priority issues. Allen currently serves on the House Agriculture Committee.
In awarding the Friend of Farm Bureau Award, AFBF considered the votes legislators cast on legislation pertaining to food security and safety, regulatory reform, technology and trade. The AFBF Board of Directors, on which Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long serves, established these priority issues.
"We're extremely grateful for the support we receive from our members of Congress, which is essential to the continued success of Georgia farmers" Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long said. "These members voted with Farm Bureau's position on numerous key agricultural issues during the 114th Congress."
“I am honored to be named a Friend of Farm Bureau by the American Farm Bureau Federation,” said Rep. Allen. “Agriculture is Georgia’s number one industry and I will always work to strengthen and support policies for the men and women who provide for our nation.”
The first recipients of the Friend of Farm Bureau Award were announced in September 1996 and have been announced every other September thereafter near the end of subsequent congresses.
Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state's largest general farm organization and has 158 county offices. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, state and national activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB offers its members a wide variety of benefits, including insurance, but enrollment in member benefits is optional and not a requirement for membership.