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American Farm Bureau Federation Golden Plow Award

Objectives

American Farm Bureau Golden Plow AwardThe objectives of the Golden Plow award are to identify, select and award those members of Congress, regardless of their party affiliation, whose philosophies or records demonstrate their commitment to the private enterprise system; sound agricultural policies supported by Farm Bureau; fiscal conservatism; and reduced federal regulations on businesses and individuals.

 

 

Why “Golden Plow?”

The plow is the most generic symbol of agriculture available.

The Form of the Award

The award consists of a polished bronze replica of the John Deere Commemorative Plow, used as a part of that Company’s 150th anniversary celebration. The John Deere Company has granted their approval for our use of the symbol for the purpose of the award. The plow replica will be mounted on a finished hardwood base, 12” long, 2 1/2” high, 3 1/2” wide. A brass plate will be mounted on the front of the base, identifying the name of the award, the person receiving the award, the name of the American Farm Bureau Federation and the year.

Award Criteria

  • Nominations should be made based upon superior commitment to the enactment of Farm Bureau policy.
  • Ideally, nominees should have at least a 60 percent voting record with Farm Bureau.
  • One House award and one Senate award should be made without regard to party affiliation.
  • Repeat awards are permissible.
  • Award recipients shall receive approval from the state Farm Bureaus after tentative approval by the AFBF President. Nominations for the award will be submitted by the AFBF Public Policy Department staff, accompanied by justification.
  • The Board of Directors of the American Farm Bureau Federation shall annually make a final determination as to which members of Congress, if any, shall receive the award.
  • The award shall be presented in one of the following ways:
    • At the annual meeting of the Council of Presidents;
    • During the Public Policy Conference;
    • During a state Farm Bureau congressional visit; and
    • At the annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation
  • The award shall be presented in person to the recipient by the President of the American Farm Bureau Federation or a designated officer or director.

Golden Plow Award
1988 to 2013

Senators

Representatives

2013
  Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA)
2012
Mike Johanns (R-NE) Frank Lucas (R-OK)
2011
  Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
 
2010
  John Shimkus (R-IL)
 
2009
Jim Inhofe (R-OK)  
 
2008
Max Baucus (D-MT) Tim Holden (D-PA)
 
2007
Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) Kenny Hulshof (R-MO)
 
2006
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) Collin Peterson (D-MN)
 
2005
Bill Frist (R-TN) Robin Hayes (R-NC)
 
2004
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Jerry Moran (R-KS)
 
2003
Pete Domenici (R-NM) Richard Pombo (R-CA)
 
2002
Jesse Helms (R-NC) J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL)
 
2001
Larry Craig (R-ID) Jim Nussle (R-IA)
Larry Combest (R-TX)
 
2000
Chuck Hagel (R-NE) George Nethercutt (R-WA)
 
1999
John Ashcroft (R-MO) Charles Stenholm (D-TX)
 
1998
Thad Cochran (R-MS) Dave Camp (R-MI)
 
1997
Charles Grassley (R-IA) Gary Condit (D-CA)
 
1996
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Pat Roberts (R-KS)
 
1995
Conrad Burns (R-MT) W.J. “Billy” Tauzin (R-LA)
 
1994
Nancy Kassebaum (R-KS) Don Sundquist (R-TN)
 
1993
Howell Heflin (D-AL) Jimmy Hayes (D-LA)
 
1992
Don Nickles (R-OK) Charles Stenholm (D-TX)
 
1991
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Pete Domenici (R-NM)
Jerry Huckaby (D-LA)
Sonny Montgomery (D-MS)
Bob Stump (R-AZ)
Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
Fred Grandy (R-IA)
Tom Coleman (R-MO)
 
1990
Jesse Helms (R-NC)
Strom Thurmond (R-SC)
David Boren (D-OK)
Alan Simpson (R-WY)
Charles Grassley (R-IA)
Bill Archer (R-TX)
Larry Craig (R-ID)
Tom Lewis (R-FL)
Lynn Martin (R-IL)
Bill McCollum (R-FL)
Bob McEwen (R-OH)
James Quillen (R-TN)
Bill Schuette (R-MI)
Joe Skeen (R-NM)
Robin Tallon (D-SC)
Vin Weber (R-MN) 1
 
1989
Steve Symms (R-ID)
Christopher Bond (R-MO)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
David Pryor (D-AR)
Hank Brown (R-CO)
Larry Combest (R-TX)
Bill Emerson (R-MO)
William F. Goodling (R-PA)
Lee Hamilton (D-IN)
Ed Jenkins (D-GA)
John T. Myers (R-TN)
Jim Olin (D-VA)
Robert Smith (R-OR)
Gerald Solomon (R-NY)
Thomas Tauke (R-IA)
Lindsay Thomas (D-GA)
 
1988
Robert Dole (R-KS)
Richard Lugar (R-IN)
Sam Nunn (D-GA)
William Armstrong (R-CO)
William Clinger (R-PA)
Kika de la Garza (D-TX)
Thomas S. Foley (D-WA)
Trent Lott (R-MS)
Ed Madigan (R-IL)
Ron Marlenee (R-MT)
Romano Mazzoli (D-KY)
Robert Michel (R-IL)
Leon Panetta (D-CA)
Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Virginia Smith (R-NE)
Charles Stenholm (D-TX)