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McCaskill Receives Farming Group Honor for Leadership

National Farmers Union awards Golden Triangle?McCaskill pledges to continue to fight for farmers, ranchers

September 13, 2012

WASHINGTON - A national farming group this week honored U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill for her ongoing fight to protect farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.

McCaskill was honored at the Golden Triangle Award Ceremony for the National Farmers Union, where she accepted the group's highest legislative honor awarded to sitting members of Congress in recognition of her leadership working on behalf of Missouri's rural communities.

"Our farmers and ranchers are a critical part of Missouri's economy, and I'm proud to fight for their interests," said McCaskill, who was born in Rolla. "I plan to continue my fight to promote and protect our rural heartland."

The Golden Triangle Award is presented by the National Farmers Union to members of Congress "in recognition of outstanding leadership on issues affecting family farmers and rural America."

McCaskill has made fighting for Missouri's farmers and ranchers a top priority, especially during this summer's period of drought and hardship in Missouri. She wrote to President Obama and Senate leaders in August seeking additional emergency aid for Missouri's agriculture community, and helped to pass a bipartisan Farm Bill in the Senate to reauthorize essential livestock disaster assistance programs, support agriculture jobs, strengthen resources for family farms and ranches, and reduce the national deficit by more than $23 billion.

McCaskill recently received a letter of support from Missouri's top sportsman's groups for her leadership on the Farm Bill, which continues to be held up by House Republicans.

McCaskill's Fight for Missouri's Farmers and Ranchers

Claire McCaskill has consistently fought to ensure Missouri's farm and ranch families have the resources they need to succeed, and to prevent and overturn unreasonable rules and regulations on producers.

  • McCaskill helped pass a bipartisan Farm Bill to support agriculture jobs, strengthen resources for family farms and ranches, and reduce the national deficit by more than $23 billion.
  • McCaskill delivered a victory for rural communities, successfully forcing the U.S. Labor Department to withdraw proposed rules that would affect the ability of young adults to work on family farms and ranches.
  • McCaskill helped lead a bipartisan group of Senators in successfully demanding an exemption to allow the transportation of all farm supplies from any distribution point to a local farm retailer or to the consumer during planning and harvest seasons.

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