U.S. Rep. James Comer, whose 1st House District includes Caldwell County, has been named the first recipient of the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) Outstanding Member of Congress award.
The award was presented at the AFBF 100th annual convention, held Jan. 11-16 in New Orleans.
The award is presented to one first-time representative or senator, regardless of party affiliation, “whose philosophy and record demonstrate a commitment to the private enterprise system, sound agricultural policies supported by AFBF, fiscal conservatism and reduced federal regulation of business and individuals,” according to the AFBF announcement.
AFBF President Zippy Duvall called Comer “a good friend to agriculture, not only in his home state of Kentucky, but to farmers and ranchers across the country.”
Comer was nominated for the award by Kentucky Farm Bureau. “Congressman Comer knows firsthand the many challenges facing agriculture today,” said KFB President Mark Haney. “We are grateful for his dedicated service to agriculture and rural America.”
Comer, a first-generation beef cattle and crop farmer, previously served as Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner and in the Kentucky General Assembly. He is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and was Vice President of the Monroe County Farm Bureau.