From the Tennessee Farm Bureau News Release:
Chattanooga, TN (October 25, 2012)- The nation’s largest state grassroots Farm Bureau organization, during a special presentation today in Chattanooga, presented Congressman Scott DesJarlais with the American Farm Bureau Federation’s “Friends of Farm Bureau” honor. Tennessee Farm Bureau President Lacy Upchurch announced DesJarlais as one of Tennessee’s recipients for the honor due to his support and continuous voting record for agriculture, rural communities and Farm Bureau policy.
“‘Friends of Farm Bureau’ are those who have demonstrated their support for agriculture through their words and actions,” said Upchurch. “Our designations are influenced by statewide grassroots input and are only given when a candidate exhibits a clear understanding and record of support for Farm Bureau policy issues. We look forward to working with candidates who possess this type of understanding and experience. Congressman DesJarlais has reached out to agriculture during his term in the Congress. His votes on farm related issues, continued concerns for our farmers during drought and other tough times experienced recently, makes him a friend not only of Farm Bureau, but the Tennessee farmer as well.”
The “Friends of Farm Bureau” is a national award given each year by the American Farm Bureau to U.S. Senators and Congressmen who have voted with the organization at least 60 percent of the time on issues related to Farm Bureau policy. Other elected officials from Tennessee to also receive the award are: Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker; Congressmen Phil Roe, John Duncan, Chuck Fleischmann, Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, and Stephen Fincher.