American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman presented Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., with AFBF's "Golden Plow" award Monday evening during an event at the AFBF office. The Golden Plow is the highest recognition the organization grants members of Congress.
The Nebraska Farm Bureau nominated Johanns for the award because of his dedicated work as a member of Congress on issues important to Farm Bureau members. Soon after being elected to the Senate in 2008, Sen. Johanns immediately began working to seek collaborative solutions to the challenges facing farmers and ranchers, such as tax reform, trade expansion and regulatory oversight, Stallman said. Johanns also serves as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
While the award is based on Johanns' congressional achievements, Stallman said his commitment to agriculture can be traced throughout a career of political service—first as governor of Nebraska and then as secretary of agriculture under President George W. Bush.
"Regardless of whether he has served as governor, secretary or senator, one thing that is never in doubt is Mike Johanns' commitment to agriculture," Stallman said. "Sen. Johanns is a very deserving leader with a long and distinguished career of serving farmers and ranchers and I am pleased to say he was approved unanimously to receive this award by the AFBF board of directors."
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.