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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Risch was today honored by the American Farm Bureau Federation as a ‘Friend of Farm Bureau’ for his efforts during the 113th Congress.

“As a rancher, I understand the immeasurable value that Idaho’s farmers and ranchers bring locally, nationally, and internationally,” said Risch.  “I am proud to once again be recognized as a ‘Friend of Farm Bureau’ for my work in the United States Senate.”

The Friend of Farm Bureau award is given at the end of each Congress to those members of Congress who were nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus and approved by the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors.

This award is based upon voting records on AFBF’s priority issues established by the Board of Directors, number of bills that a member has sponsored and co-sponsored, specific leadership role for Farm Bureau on priority issues, and how accessible and responsive that member is to Farm Bureau members and leaders.