Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has received the American Meat Institute's Richard E. Lyng Award in recognition of his long and continued commitment to public service.

J. Patrick Boyle, AMI president and chief executive officer, presented the honor, which was created in 1991 to honor individuals who have distinguished themselves for their public service. The Lyng Award is named after the late Richard E. Lyng, former AMI president and USDA Secretary in the Reagan Administration.

"Bob Goodlatte has been a true friend of American agriculture, and a strong supporter of America's meat and poultry industry," says Boyle. "He has shown consistent and thoughtful leadership on a long list of tough issues that have faced our industry, including food safety, product labeling, free-trade initiatives and recovery of beef export markets."

Goodlatte is serving his eighth term representing Virginia's Sixth Congressional District and serves as the ranking Republican on the House Agriculture Committee.

Source: AMI,