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Sen. Franken Given Award By National Farmers Union

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 at 7:18 am

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota received the Golden Triangle Award from the National Farmers Union for his leadership on advancing America’s family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.

In a press release, Franken said he views agriculture as the backbone of Minnesota’s economy, said he’s honored to receive this award. Sen. Franken noted that he’s working hard to pass a five-year Farm Bill to give Minnesota’s famers and rural communities the certainty they need to plan for the future.

Sen. Franken has been a long-time advocate for Minnesota’s farmers and rural communities. This year, he pressed hard to pass the bipartisan Senate Farm Bill, and authored the energy section of the bill, which he says will produce jobs and growth in Minnesota’s agriculture energy sector. He also successfully fought to preserve the federal sugar program by working with his Senate colleagues to ensure that vital protections remain in place for sugar growers. The sugar industry contributes thousands of jobs and almost $5 billion to the economies of Minnesota and the region.

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