Congressman Glen Thompson earns Golden Plow Award

WASHINGTON Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5th District) has been recognized for his work on behalf of American farm families with the Golden Plow Award, which is the highest honor the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) presents to members of Congress. Thompson received the award during a presentation before 150 farmers from Pennsylvania, who were in Washington D.C. to participate in Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 2014 National Legislative Conference.

“Congressman Thompson has been a strong and consistent supporter of Pennsylvania agriculture. From his first day in office, he has demonstrated a keen interest in issues impacting agriculture and rural communities,” said Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) President Carl T. Shaffer. “GT continually tours Pennsylvania farms and sits down with farm families to hear about their concerns and dreams. He then takes that knowledge back to Washington in order to protect farmers from onerous regulations and champions legislative efforts to help agriculture and rural areas prosper.”

PFB cited numerous instances in which Representative Thompson, who is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry, demonstrated leadership and action on behalf of Pennsylvania farmers when nominating him for the Golden Plow Award.

“I am honored to receive the American Farm Bureau’s Gold Plow Award,” stated Rep. Glenn “GT’ Thompson. “It has been a distinct privilege to work on behalf of our family farms to promote a robust agricultural sector, which is fundamentally important to Pennsylvania and the economic well-being of the country. I look forward to building upon the progress and reforms made over the past year. Together, we can continue to strengthen America’s agricultural sector and ensure the country always has access to a safe, affordable and abundant food supply. I greatly appreciate this recognition and also want to thank the American Farm Bureau and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau for their advocacy on behalf of agriculture.”

AFBF selected Thompson as the lone recipient of the Golden Plow Award this year. “When members of Congress work to ensure that farmers and ranchers can continue to raise animals, plant seeds, harvest crops and be productive, they are plowing fertile ground for agriculture, our economy and our food security,” said AFBF Executive Vice President and Treasurer Julie Anna Potts. “More than anything, the Golden Plow is Farm Bureau’s way of saying ‘thank you’ for standing up for American Agriculture. Congressman Thompson is a deserving recipient of this award.”