Former Sen. Dole earns Farm Bureau award

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 12, 2009

GREENSBORO ó Former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, of Rowan County, was named winner of North Carolina Farm Bureau’s 2009 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award Dec. 7. The award recognizes Sen. Dole’s remarkable career of service to North Carolina and American agriculture.
The award was presented during NCFB’s 74th Annual Meeting, Dec. 6-8, at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center, Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons.
“North Carolina farmers owe Senator Dole a debt of gratitude,” said Larry Wooten, president of NCFB. “She always listened to our concerns and did her very best to make the farmer’s voice heard in Washington.”
Sen. Dole worked tirelessly to enact a buyout of the federal tobacco quota program, was a strong advocate for farmers during the development of two Farm Bills, pushed for financial aid to farmers who suffered weather-related crop and livestock losses and helped enact trade agreements that opened foreign markets to North Carolina’s high-quality food and fiber products.
The Distinguished Service Award is NCFB’s highest honor.