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Rep. Shimkus receives 2011 AFBF Golden Plow Award

March 1, 2011

Illinois Farm Bureau members attending the annual Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference turned out strong early Thursday to give an ovation to Rep. John Shimkus of Collinsville, the 2011 winner of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Golden Plow Award. 

The Golden Plow is awarded each year to a single House and Senate member who best exemplies the principles of Farm Bureau.  

President Philip Nelson presented the award to the eight-term Republican who represents citizens in the sprawling 19th Congressional District in southern Illinois.

“Congressman Shimkus is a passionate advocate for farmers,” Nelson said during the presentation.  “Just two weeks ago, the Congressman used my testimony and a photo he took of last October’s soybean harvest to make the point that EPA’s proposed dust regulations defy common sense,” Nelson said.

Illinois Farm Bureau nominated Shimkus for the award because of his work on critical Farm Bureau issues, including his opposition to cap-and-trade legislation, support of biofuels, and his efforts on animal health and food safety.

Shimkus was also recognized for his votes in favor of NAFTA and CAFTA and his support for the stalled Colombia, Panama and South Korea Free Trade Agreements.

“We are pleased to honor Rep. Shimkus with AFBF’s highest award,” Nelson said.   “He has received the Friend of Farm Bureau award each of his seven terms in Congress and is a true champion of U.S. agriculture.”

AFBF’s Golden Plow award recognizes members Congress—regardless of party affiliation—for  distinguished agricultural leadership and support of Farm Bureau policies.

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