Washington, DC – During a meeting today in Washington, U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) was awarded the 2010 Golden Triangle Award from the National Farmers Union (NFU), recognizing his commitment to issues affecting family farmers in South Dakota. The award is the highest honor for government service given by the organization.
“Throughout my time in public service, I have worked hard to find common sense solutions to improve agriculture in South Dakota and across the country,” Johnson said. “I am honored to receive this award and will continue to advocate on behalf of our farmers and ranchers.”
“We’re honoring Tim, and the fact of the matter is that as a South Dakotan we’re honored to have him representing us and as agricultural producers we’re especially honored,” said South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke. “He’s done an excellent job representing us and his work on Country of Origin Labeling and livestock competition rules is outstanding, and his support on the marketplace for producers has been unmatched by any other individual that I know of. He’ll go down as one of the best Senators this state has ever had, and his dedication is unmatched.”
Johnson has received the NFU's Golden Triangle Award fourteen other times: 1988, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
The Golden Triangle Award is based on NFU's symbol—a triangle with "legislation" and "cooperation" forming the sides and "education" as the base. The Golden Triangle Award is awarded annually and was first established in 1988.