LINCOLN (September 21, 2015) – Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) presented Representative Jeff Fortenberry with the Golden Triangle Award, the National Farmers Union’s (NFU) highest legislative honor. The award was presented last week as a part of the annual NFU fall Fly-In that brought 275 Farmers Union members from across the country to Washington, DC to share their view and concerns with their elected officials.
Six Nebraskans participated in the NFU Fly-In and meetings with members of Congress and their staffs. In addition to Hansen, Nebraska participants included Lynda Buoy of Bassett, Carol Schooley of Grand Island, Jeff Downing of Elkhorn, Kevin Herrold of Grand Island, and Mike Sarchet of Minatare.
The Golden Triangle is an annual award presented to members of Congress who have demonstrated leadership and support policies that benefit America’s family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and rural communities.
“Recipients of the Golden Triangle Award have been strong advocates for family farmers and ranchers, and support similar principles and policies as Farmers Union,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “We are pleased to honor those who have proven to be true allies of our organization and family agriculture.”
This year’s Golden Triangle recipients were selected for their leadership on a variety of issues, including votes on Country of Origin Labeling and the RFS. Representative Fortenberry’s award was presented by NeFU President John Hansen and his team at the end of their Fly-In meeting.
“Representative Fortenberry continues to be a leader on renewable energy, conservation, rural development, and family farm and ranch issues,” said NeFU President John Hansen. “He does his homework, understands the issues, and is a respected and thoughtful advocate of family farm and ranch agriculture. We particularly appreciate his “open door” approach to working with everyone in the rural community.”