Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, was awarded the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) "Friend of Farm Bureau" award at a presentation in Bozeman this week. Rehberg earned the award with his steadfast support of Montana's farm and ranch community during the 112th Congress.
"It's a tremendous honor to be recognized by the agriculture industry as someone who will stand with them to address the many challenges Montana farmers and ranchers must confront on a daily basis," said Rehberg, a 5th generation rancher from Billings. "I'll keep up the fight to kill the death tax once and for all, and stand up to an over-reaching federal government piling on unnecessary regulations on farm operations. With the help of the farming community we were able to turn back some of the more egregious policies so that Montana's farm and ranch communities could continue to be the engine that feeds our economy, as well as the hands that feed the nation."
The "Friend of Farm Bureau" award is based on the voting records of members of Congress on AFBF priority issues, the number of bills a member carries, his or her leadership role on AFBF priority issues, and accessibility to Farm Bureau members and leaders. The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) nominated Rehberg for the award, and MFBF President Bob Hanson, and Executive Vice President Jake Cummins were on hand to present the award in Bozeman.
"While in the 112th Congress, Representative Rehberg voted with our Farm Bureau policy 95 percent of the time," said MFBF President Bob Hanson. "We are fortunate to have a representative who is very supportive of Montana agriculture. This award is about agriculture, not politics."