(Posted Wed. Jul 13th, 2011)
July 13: National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott today presented the President’s Award to Senator Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) during NCGA’s Corn Congress events in Washington. 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 Senator Conrad for several years both on the state and national levels,” NCGA President Bart Schott, a grower from Kulm, N.D., said. “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,”Sen. Conrad said. “America’s agriculture producers are the backbone of our nation. They deliver the safest, healthiest and least expensive food supply anywhere in the world.”
Senator 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, Senator Conrad 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.
Senator Conrad currently serves as the 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.”
“The good work 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 Bill negotiation yet,” Conrad said. “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."
Pictured: Sen. Kent Conrad, center, receives the President’s Award from NCGA President Bart Schott, right. Present for the ceremony was Schott’s wife, Linsey, left.