National Farmers Union (NFU) presented 36 recipients with the Golden Triangle Award, the organization’s highest legislative honor. Nine of the recipients represent New England states. The annual award is presented to members of Congress who have demonstrated leadership and support policies that benefit America’s family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and rural communities.

Allison Bates, Mary Castonguay, Golden Triangle Award winner Rep. Bruce Poliquin, Chelsea Kruse
Allison Bates, Mary Castonguay, Golden Triangle Award winner Rep. Bruce Poliquin, Chelsea Kruse

“Recipients of the Golden Triangle Award have been strong advocates for family farmers and ranchers, and support similar principles and policies as Farmers Union,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “We are pleased to honor those who have proven to be true allies of our organization and family agriculture.”

This year’s Golden Triangle recipients were selected for their leadership on a variety of issues, including votes on labeling and trade issues. The awards were presented at a reception during NFU’s Annual Legislative Fly-In this September.

NEFU President Roger Noonan and Golden Triangle award winner Massachusetts Rep. James McGovern

The Golden Triangle Award is based on NFU’s symbol – a triangle with “legislation” and “cooperation” forming the sides and “education” the base. The Golden Triangle Awards have been presented to legislators since 1988.

The New England list of 2015 Golden Triangle Award Recipients:

  • Rep. Joe Courtney, Conn.
  • Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Conn.
  • Sen. Angus King, Maine
  • Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, N.H.
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vt.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern, Mass.
  • Sen. Christopher Murphy, Conn.
  • Rep. Chellie Pingree, Maine
  • Rep. Bruce Poliquin, Maine

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