Delaney Named Friend of Farm Bureau

Oct 9, 2014
Press Release

TUSCARORA – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has been named a Friend of the Farm Bureau for his work in support of agriculture in Maryland’s Sixth District. Delaney received the award from Chuck Fry, President of the Maryland Farm Bureau on Mr. Fry’s farm in Tuscarora, Maryland. Also attending the event was Sam Roop, Board Member Frederick County Farm Bureau. After receiving the award, Delaney joined local farmers at the Rocky Point Creamery.

“I am proud to represent many Maryland farmers in Congress and honored to receive the Friend of Farm Bureau Award,” said Congressman Delaney. “For centuries, agriculture has been one of the leading industries in Maryland and that heritage continues to this day, employing over 300,000 people in this state. Many Maryland farmers are also small business owners and entrepreneurs, not only putting food on our plates but making our local economy stronger. I want Maryland farmers to have every opportunity to succeed and that starts by making sure that we have the right policies in place federally.”

Delaney was one of just two members of the Maryland House Delegation to vote for the final version of the Farm Bill. Since taking office, Delaney has held three agriculture forums with local farmers. In August, Delaney convened a meeting with farmers to discuss federal and state agriculture policy, which featured Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Buddy Hance, Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, and Maryland Senate Finance Chair Thomas Middleton.

In presenting the Friend of Farm Bureau Award, Maryland Farm Bureau President Chuck Fry read the following proclamation:

“The Friend of Farm Bureau Award is the Farm Bureau’s method of recognizing Members of Congress who have voted with the farm community on priority issues over the 2-year term of each Congress. The award program began in 1996. This is the 10th bi-annual presentation of the Award.

“To qualify for the Friend of Farm Bureau Award, a legislator must have scored a 60% or better voting record on priority bills and amendments identified by our national office. Legislators must be nominated by their State Farm Bureau Board of Directors. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Board makes the final award decisions.

“This year we are honored to have nominated Congressman John Delaney of the 6th Congressional District for his dedication and service to the farm community. Congressman Delaney cast key votes in support of farmers on the Farm Bill, Water Resources and Small Business Tax Relief bills. Congressman Delaney also signed onto the Cash Accounting practices letter to support farmers in this region.

“At this time, it is my pleasure to present this award for outstanding service during the 113th Congress to the Honorable John Delaney.”