American Agri-Women (AAW) recently award Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota with its “Champion of Agriculture” award as part of its 2014 Fly-In to Washington, D.C. AAW is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women. The award is presented annually to outstanding members of the U.S. Congress for their steadfast courage in upholding the ideals of American agriculture to their peers.

“Sen. Klobuchar has been a strong advocate for promoting businesses, workers and farmers. She is known for her efforts to promote economic growth and fiscal responsibility and accountability in Washington, D.C.,” says AAW President Sue McCrum, who is part of a fifth generation family farm in Maine. “We are pleased to recognize her as a champion for farmers and ranchers and all they do to support our nation’s food supply.”

Sen. Klobuchar is a member of the Senate Agriculture committee and served on the 2014 Farm Bill Conference Committee. As Senate Chair of the Joint Economic Committee and a member of the President’s Export Council and the Senate Commerce Committee, Klobuchar has been a leader in working to implement a competitive agenda to ensure businesses have the tools they need to grow and create good jobs in their communities. Klobuchar also chairs the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights. She was the first woman elected to represent the state of Minnesota in the U.S. Senate.

AAW also awarded Rep. Frank Lucas of Oklahoma with its 2014 Champion of Agriculture award. Past recipients include Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Rep. Dennis Cardoza of California, Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma.

About American Agri-Women

American Agri-Women promotes the welfare of our national security through a safe and reliable food, fiber and mineral supply. Since 1974, AAW members have worked together to educate consumers; advocate for agriculture; and offer networking and professional development opportunities. Go to the AAW web site for more information and to join, Find AAW on social media at: and (@Women4Ag).