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Friday, October 12, 2012

Thompson Receives “Friend of Farm Bureau” Award

Thompson Receives “Friend of Farm Bureau” Award
Centre County Farm Bureau Presents Award On Behalf of Pennsylvania
Farm Bureau, American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors  
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson, R-Howard, today received the "Friend of Farm Bureau" award for supporting policies that help farmers attain greater profitability through less regulatory interference, expand farm trade opportunities, and increase demand for U.S. farm products.  The award was presented today by members of the Centre County Farm Bureau on behalf of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau, at Thompson's congressional district office in Bellefonte, Pa.

“Farming and all forms of agriculture are so important to our communities and families in Pennsylvania, and represent such a large part of our economy through employment, rural development, and an abundant, safe food supply," said Thompson. "Our local farmers and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau do a phenomenal job promoting agriculture in the Commonwealth, which is why it remains our state’s largest industry. I am proud to represent Pennsylvania’s farmers in Washington, and it's honor to receive this award."

“On behalf of our more than 55,000 farm and rural member families, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau would like to thank Congressman Thompson for his support of agriculture and our rural way of life,” said Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Carl T. Shaffer.

“Representative Thompson is always accessible and willing to meet personally with local farmers in order to best represent the interests of agriculture, which we value in the local farming community,” said Centre County Farm Bureau President Dr. Daniel Kniffen.  “The Congressman understands the value of production agriculture, in feeding and supporting our communities but also the world, and with this award we thank him for his tireless work.”

Thompson was nominated for the award by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, which was approved by the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors.  This is Thompson's second consecutive congressional term being honored for the award.

Thompson is a member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee and serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry.   

Attached Photo: Thompson and members of the Centre County Farm Bureau including Sally Tanis (left), Vice President, Dr. Daniel Kniffen (right), President, and Dr. Ann Swinker (middle).

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