The American Farm Bureau Federation and Missouri Farm Bureau honored U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) with the Golden Plow Award, the highest recognition given to a sitting Member of Congress.

The American Farm Bureau Federation and Missouri Farm Bureau honored U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) with the Golden Plow award, the highest recognition given to a sitting Member of Congress.

In a statement, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said Blunt is recognized well beyond Missouri as a strong advocate for farmers and ranchers.  

“Farm Bureau values the work he has done for our members across the country,” Duvall said.

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Golden Plow award recognizes members of Congress who exemplify agricultural leadership and support of Farm Bureau policies. Recipients are chosen for having a philosophy or record that demonstrates a commitment to sound agricultural policies supported by Farm Bureau, the private enterprise system, fiscal conservatism and reduced federal regulation of businesses and individuals.

In response to being named the recipient of the Golden Plow Award, Blunt said as the son of dairy farmers, having the opportunity to advocate for programs and policies that benefit Missouri’s farmers and ranchers is one of the things he has been most proud of.

“With world food demand expected to double in the next 30 to 40 years, there are a lot of challenges and opportunities ahead for the ag industry. No country in the world is better positioned – geographically, technologically, or academically – to meet that demand than we are. To do so, we need to continue working to expand rural broadband, improve our infrastructure, and prevent burdensome regulations that impose huge costs with little to no benefit,” Blunt said. 

“I’m grateful to have the Farm Bureau’s advice on all of these issues and look forward to continuing our partnership as we work together to strengthen the ag industry and support America’s farm families,” he said. 

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Blunt has worked to expand access to broadband through the ReConnect Pilot Program in the FY2018 government funding bill, and supported additional funding for the program in the FY2019 and FY2020 funding bills. Over the past two years, Missouri has received over $100 million in funding through the ReConnect Program.