Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly was awarded the ‘2018 Golden Triangle Award’ by the National Farmers Union. The National Farmers Union recognized Donnelly’s efforts to support Hoosier farmers, families, and rural communities and his work in the Senate-passed 2018 Farm Bill, which he helped write as a member of the Senate Ag Committee. The Senate-passed Farm Bill is in the conference committee, where it will be reconciled with the version that passed the House of Representatives earlier this year. Donnelly spoke to more than 300 members of the group yesterday.
Donnelly said, “I’m honored to have received this award and am proud to work with the National Farmers Union to support the economic well-being of Hoosier farmers, who work every day to feed our communities. I will continue to advocate for our Hoosier farmers and state’s ag community, which is why I am working on getting the Farm Bill across the finish line and signed into law so that our farmers can get some semblance of certainty and stability that they need to plan for the future.”
Senator Donnelly speaking to the National Farmers Union; Donnelly receiving the ‘2018 Golden Triangle Award’ from the National Farmers Union. For high-resolution versions, click here.
The Senate-passed Farm Bill includes several Donnelly-led provisions that would support Hoosier farmers, families, and rural communities; improve risk management, conservation, and export promotion programs; and help address the opioid epidemic and food insecurity. The Farm Bill also includes a measure that would increase export opportunities for Indiana farmers through two export promotion programs, the Foreign Market Development Program and the Market Assistance Program, based on Donnelly’s bipartisan legislation with Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Angus King (I-ME), and Susan Collins (R-ME).
Through his work on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Donnelly has worked tirelessly to advocate for Hoosier farmers and rural communities. As part of the previous Farm Bill, signed into law in 2014, Donnelly successfully pushed several measures important to Indiana. The Farm Bill is typically reauthorized every five years, and the current bill expires in September 2018. A final version is currently being negotiated between the Senate and the House of Representatives, who each passed different versions of the bill.