Senate Finance Committee Chairman and longtime agricultural advocate Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) was presented with the National Association of Wheat Grower’s 2011 Wheat Leader of the Year.
The honor is known as the wheat industry’s highest public service award, is given annually to one Member of Congress based on his or her demonstrated commitment to the well-being and goals of the wheat industry.
Baucus was chosen by NAWG’s leadership to receive the 2011 award for his tireless support of three free trade agreements that were approved last year; his efforts to protect crop insurance within the federal budget; and his general advocacy for agricultural priorities.
“We in Montana know how much Sen. Baucus and his staff care about our state’s farmers and about farmers around the country,” said Bing Von Bergen, NAWG’s second vice president and a wheat farmer from Moccasin, Mont., in a press statement announcing the award. “Sen. Baucus has proven time and time again that he’s a champion of the wheat industry. He understands our concerns and does a spectacular job of fighting for them.”
Baucus is a repeat winner of the Wheat Leader award, having also won it in 2008 and 2002.
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