WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) received the American Agri-Women (AAW) Champion of Agriculture Award. In recognition of her work to promote farm exports, Congresswoman Bustos was presented with the award by Ardath DeWall, a dairy farmer from Shannon, Illinois; and Jeanette Lombardo, President of AAW.
“I’m humbled to receive the Champion of Agriculture Award and I want to thank the American Agri-Women for this honor,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Between the president’s reckless trade policies and the historic flooding across the country, our farmers are hurting right now and need stable leadership from Washington. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I’ll continue to give a voice to the growers and producers in our district as they navigate this tough farm economy.”
“Congresswoman Bustos is a strong advocate for rural communities in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District and always fights for our farmers,” said Ardath DeWall of Shannon, Illinois. “In Congress, she’s been a tireless champion fighting to expand our markets and grow the agricultural economy. On behalf of American Agri-Women, I’m proud to present her with this award today in recognition of her great work on the House Agriculture Committee.”
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Congresswoman Bustos serves on both the House Appropriations and Agriculture Committees. Last year, she helped pass a robust Farm Bill which included her legislation to help new and beginning farmers, improve rural health delivery and crack down on the opioid epidemic that’s ravaging our communities. Congresswoman Bustos has also led the charge for stable trade policies – introducing bills to expand agricultural trade with Cuba and mitigate the financial damage for farmers resulting from the president’s reckless trade war.
American Agri-Women is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women with more than 50 state, commodity and agribusiness affiliate organizations united to communicate with one another and with other consumers to promote agriculture. AAW members have been advocating for agriculture since 1974.