Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., has received the 2009 Wheat Advocate Award from the National Association of Wheat Growers in recognition of her leadership on agriculture issues and advocacy on behalf of the nation's farmers. NAWG President and Oregon wheat producer Karl Scronce says Lincoln was recognized for her continued leadership in defending the interests of rural America and production agriculture in particular.
Scronce says Lincoln's efforts in leading oversight of USDA during farm bill implementation and safeguarding the needs of rural America with respect to environmental initiatives being put forward are appreciated. Lincoln says she's proud to serve as an advocate for the nation's ag producers and is committed to ensuring the nation's farmers have a strong safety net in place so they can continue to provide a safe, abundant and affordable food supply to all Americans.
The Wheat Advocate Award is given annually to Members of Congress who have demonstrated support for the wheat industry above and beyond the norm.