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Rep. Thompson Earns Farm Bureau ‘Golden Plow’ Award

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 27, 2014 – American Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President and Treasurer Julie Anna Potts and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Carl Shaffer presented Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-Pa.) with AFBF’s “Golden Plow” award on Wednesday during Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s National Legislative Conference. The Golden Plow is the highest recognition the organization grants members of Congress.


Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (center) received the Golden Plow Award from American Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President and Treasurer Julie Anna Potts and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Carl Shaffer during PFB’s National Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Click on the image for a high resolution version.

The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau nominated Thompson for the award because of his support for the recently passed farm bill, his commitment to reducing regulatory red tape and burdens on farmers, and his leadership in addressing Environmental Protection Agency-related challenges that threaten the very foundation of agriculture.

“When members of Congress work to ensure that farmers and ranchers can continue to raise animals, plant seeds, harvest crops and be productive, they are plowing fertile ground for agriculture, our economy and our food security,” said Potts. “More than anything, the Golden Plow is Farm Bureau’s way of saying ‘thank you’ for standing up for American Agriculture. Congressman Thompson is a deserving recipient of this award.”

Shaffer lauded Thompson for serving as a public advocate for agriculture.

“Farm Bureau is fortunate to have such a dedicated, tireless and passionate supporter for agriculture,” Shaffer said.

Describing Thompson’s good works as “too many to name,” Shaffer highlighted the lawmakers’ staunch advocacy of the farm bill, commitment to domestic energy sources and forest resources, and leadership in enhancing education, as well as his continued accessibility and responsiveness to his constituents and Farm Bureau.

Thompson was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2008 and is currently serving his third term representing Pennsylvania’s Fifth Congressional District.

AFBF’s Golden Plow award recognizes members of Congress for distinguished agricultural leadership and support of Farm Bureau policies. Recipients are chosen based on having a philosophy or record that demonstrates a commitment to: the private enterprise system; sound agricultural policies supported by Farm Bureau; fiscal conservatism; and reduced federal regulations on businesses and individuals.

Thompson is the sole recipient of the Golden Plow award from AFBF for 2013.

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