The American Farm Bureau Federation today presented Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) with the organization’s first Outstanding New Member of Congress award. AFBF presented the award at the organization’s 100th Annual Convention.
“Congressman Comer has been a good friend to agriculture not only in his home state of Kentucky, but to farmers and ranchers across the country,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “We commend his tireless work on the House Agriculture Committee and as a member of the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee.”
Kentucky Farm Bureau endorsed Comer for the award because of his commitment in Congress to issues important to farmers and ranchers.
“Congressman Comer knows firsthand the many challenges facing agriculture today,” said Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney. “We are grateful for his dedicated service to agriculture and rural America.”
In addition to serving on the Agriculture Committee, Comer currently serves on the Small Business, and Oversight and Government Reform Committees.
Comer, a first-generation beef cattle and crop farmer, previously served as Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner and in the Kentucky General Assembly. He supports new, alternative crops such as industrial hemp, which is especially important now, as U.S. farm income is at the third-lowest level in the past 20 years.
AFBF’s Outstanding New Member of Congress award is presented to one first-time representative or senator, regardless of party affiliation, whose philosophy and record demonstrate a commitment to the private enterprise system, sound agricultural policies supported by AFBF, fiscal conservatism and reduced federal regulation of business and individuals.