The National Corn Growers Association has presented the President’s Award to Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) during NCGA’s Corn Congress events in Washington this past week. The President’s Award is given annually to a leader who has worked to advance issues important to corn growers and agriculture.

“I have had the privilege of working with Sen. Conrad for several years both on the state and national levels,” said NCGA President Bart Schott, a grower from Kulm, N.D. “NCGA greatly appreciates his continued leadership and support for the agriculture community, including his work on biofuels legislation and two previous farm bills.”

"I am honored to receive this award from the National Corn Growers Association.  America’s agriculture producers are the backbone of our nation. They deliver the safest, healthiest and least expensive food supply anywhere in the world. That’s why I proudly stood beside them as we negotiated the 2002 and 2008 Farm Bills," Senator Conrad said.  "The good work that organizations like the National Corn Growers do has never been more important than right now as we ramp up for what promises to be the most challenging farm mill negotiation yet. Even in these difficult economic times, we all recognize the necessity of maintaining an economic safety net for our farmers and supporting nutrition assistance programs for the neediest among us."

Conrad is a fifth generation North Dakotan and has represented his home state in Washington for five successive elections. During his 20-plus years as an advocate for North Dakota and agriculture, he helped write the 2002 and 2008 farm bills and fought unfair trade practices that hurt North Dakota's economy. He has also introduced comprehensive energy legislation that would make the United States more energy independent.

Conrad currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and also sits on the Senate Agriculture, Finance and Indian Affairs committees.

“Senator Conrad has been an advocate for agriculture throughout his public career and we are honored to call him a friend of corn,” Schott said. “We look forward to our continued work and collaboration with him and his staff.”

Source: NCGA