Contact: John Kran, 517-679-5336
LANSING — Dist. 6 Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) this week was presented with American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) "Friend of Farm Bureau" award, a national-level honor recognizing members of Congress for their support of Farm Bureau policy.
The award recognizes Upton's support for the 2014 Farm Bill, a highway trust fund, and the Water Resource Reform and Development Act for dredging harbors and inland waterways.
"Congressman Upton this year is also standing alongside agriculture in supporting HR 5078, which would repeal the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule redefining 'waters of the U.S.' in the Clean Water Act," said John Kran, MFB's national legislative counsel. "Farmers nationwide are protesting this move by the EPA to expand its jurisdiction from lakes and rivers to every farm drain and intermittent watercourse in the country.
"Representative Upton's support for Michigan farmers in this ongoing struggle has meant a lot to our members," Kran said. "This is why Farm Bureau supports candidates in the first place."
Upton received the award—and a standing ovation from attendees—at the Van Buren County Farm Bureau annual meeting, Oct. 13 in Lawrence. Presenting the award were Michigan Farm Bureau Dist. 1 Director Brigette Leach and Van Buren County Farm Bureau President Tod Kubiszak.
AFBF's Friend of Farm Bureau honor is awarded once in each session of Congress. In addition to voting records that parallel Farm Bureau policy and priorities, other criteria include state Farm Bureau nominations and approval by the AFBF board of directors.