The American Farm Bureau Federation has presented its Golden Plow Award to Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) as a tribute to his distinguished leadership in Congress and recognition of his support for Farm Bureau policies.
"Throughout his tenure in the House, Rep. Pombo has been a strong advocate for American agriculture and an ardent defender of the rights of property owners," said AFBF Vice President Steve Appel, who presented the award along with California Farm Bureau President Bill Pauli.
Rep. Pombo has served California's 11th district for 11 years in the House of Representatives.
Appel said that Pombo, as a rancher himself, "is one of a handful of our nation's lawmakers who can speak with the voice of experience when agricultural issues are debated on Capitol Hill."
"As a long-time member of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Pombo has brought a common-sense approach to the table and he proved to be a skilled negotiator as the terms of the 2002 farm bill were hammered out," Appel said.
"He recently assumed chairmanship of the House Resources Committee, where we look forward to working with him in a somewhat different arena to develop sound agricultural policies that will benefit America's farmers and ranchers," Appel concluded.