Five Ohio members of Congress were awarded the Golden Triangle Tuesday by the National Farmers Union for demonstrating leadership and supporting policies that benefit family farmers, rural residents, ranchers and fishermen.
The five Ohioans are:
- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio
- U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo
- U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights
- U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Copley
- U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles
“Recipients of the Golden Triangle Award have been strong advocates for family farmers and ranchers, and exhibit similar principles and policies to Farmers Union,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “We are pleased to honor those who have proven to be true allies of our organization and our members across the country.”
Roger Wise, president of the Ohio Farmers Union said, “These members of Congress get it. The deck is stacked against family farmers and rural communities when it comes to policy and legislation. All five of these representatives have worked to ensure that our local economies are not left out in the cold when the big money interests show up on Capitol Hill.”
This year’s Golden Triangle recipients were selected for their leadership on a variety of issues, including early discussions for the next farm bill and protecting agriculture from even deeper cuts during budget negotiations earlier this year. The awards were presented at a reception during NFU’s Annual Legislative Fly-In Tuesday night. Rep. Ryan attended the event and spent time with the OFU delegation.
The Golden Triangle Award is based on NFU’s symbol – a triangle with “legislation” and “cooperation” forming the sides and “education” the base. The Golden Triangle Awards have been presented every year since 1988.