MACON—Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall and American Farm Bureau Federation Executive Director of Public Policy Mark Maslyn presented U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award in recognition of their support of agriculture during the 111th Congress. The award presentation occurred during a recent breakfast Georgia Farm Bureau held for its members in Washington, D.C.
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) gives the award at the end of each Congress to legislators based on their voting record in agreement with AFBF’s priority issues. The AFBF Board of Directors, on which Duvall serves, established these priority issues.
“We greatly appreciate the commitment Senators Chambliss and Isakson have shown to supporting and protecting Georgia agriculture,” Duvall said. “They are well aware of agriculture’s pivotal place in our state’s economy and the importance of allowing Georgia’s farmers to continue producing safe, affordable food.”
Sen. Chambliss serves on five senate committees, including the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. He is the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has seats on committees covering the armed services and rules and administration, as well as serving on the Special Committee on Aging. Sen. Isakson serves on five senate committees that have jurisdiction over education, healthcare, transportation, foreign policy and veterans’ affairs.
Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau has county chapters in 158 of Georgia’s counties. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors.
GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia.