SARASOTA – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, Monday received the “Friend of the Farm Bureau” award from the American Farm Bureau Federation, officials said.
The award recognized Buchanan’s work and voting record in support of agriculture, and specifically, his legislation to combat citrus greening, officials said. Citrus greening is a serious bacterial disease that threatens the state's citrus industry.
“I am honored to receive this award,” said Buchanan, according to a release from his office. “Florida agriculture contributes an estimated $100 billion to the state’s economy. During these difficult economic times, it is imperative that Congress continues to work hard on behalf of those who provide us with a safe and abundant food supply.”
Attending the ceremony was Manatee County Farm Bureau President Gary Reeder, board members Jim Strickland and Ben King, Sarasota County Farm Bureau President Rory Martin, Field Director Andy Neuhofer and Florida Farm Bureau National Affairs Coordinator, Janell Hendren, the release said.
In February, Buchanan introduced H.R. 853 to provide research funding to combat citrus greening, the release said. The bill currently has 37 co-sponsors, including all 27 members of the Florida delegation, it said.