Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., was one of five U.S. senators honored by the National Farmers Union Monday evening at a reception in Washington, D.C.
Tom Buis, president of the National Farmers Union, presented Kohl with the Golden Triangle Award. The award recognizes congressmen for supporting National Farmers Union positions on ag legislation 100% of the time. Ag issues in 2007-2008 included passage and implementation of the 2008 farm bill, trade agenda, Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), and renewable energy needs. COOL will take effect on Sept. 30.
Other U.S. senators honored during the reception by Buis include Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; Sen. Richard Lugar, D-Ind.; Sen. Amy Klobachar, D-Minn.; and Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., who were all in attendance.
Lugar told the more than 150 National Farmers Union members attending the reception during the group's annual Fly-In Sept. 7-10 in Washington, that "Our farmers are in the forefront of producing the renewable fuels for our country. I say, rural America will one day take the place of Saudi Arabia. To those who say 'no they can't,' I say 'yes they can and they will.'"