WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Farmers Union's awarded U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) with the Golden Triangle, its highest legislative honor, for his work on behalf of New Mexico's family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.
"I grew up on small farm and ranch operation, and like many Americans, I learned the dignity of hard work long before I ever held a job. Farmers and ranchers in New Mexico help drive the economy and have shaped our state's history, as many growers come from families that have cultivated land for generations," said Sen. Heinrich. "I am honored to receive the Golden Triangle Award from the National Farmers Union and I will continue to be a partner in the effort to strengthen the agriculture industry and support our rural communities."
Senator Heinrich helped ensure that New Mexico priorities were in the final version of the Farm Bill, including a strengthened crop insurance program, reauthorization of the livestock disaster program, and the continuation of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for New Mexico counties. The Farm Bill included measures that benefit New Mexico dairies, acequias, small producers, and farmers' markets.
According to the National Farmers Union, the Golden Triangle, first presented in 1988, symbolizes the core principles of the organization: education, cooperation, and legislation. This year's Golden Triangle honorees were selected for their leadership and contribution to several issues important to family farmers and ranchers.