INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski was honored with the Indiana Corn & Soybean Friend of Farmers Award at the Ag Policy Summit July 30.

The Indiana Corn Growers Association and Indiana Soybean Alliance presented the award for her stance on agricultural trade.

“Last year, as trade tensions mounted and global relationships deteriorated, Congresswoman Walorski found a new issue to champion on our behalf, becoming an unwavering advocate on trade,” said Sarah Delbecq, president of ICGA.

“(Walorski has) attended hundreds of meetings off of Capitol Hill that have helped make her the go-to leader for all things agricultural trade in Congress. She has gone to bat time and time again in pursuit of an agreement with China that lessens the blow to Hoosier farmers.

“She’s demanded weekly updates on negotiations from the U.S. trade representative, fights tirelessly for tariff exclusions and testifies regularly on trade impacts to agriculture.”

She has authored legislation, lead countless letters and fought with trade negotiators to ensure that agriculture be emphasized in trade agreements, Delbecq said.

Walorski represents the second congressional district in Indiana, which includes the counties of Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall, Miami, Pulaski, Starke, St. Joseph and Wabash.

She presently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and is part of a caucus promoting rural education.

“Farmers are at the heart of the American economy, and here in Indiana they play a vital role in making our communities strong, keeping families healthy and helping Hoosiers succeed,” Walorski said.

“I’m honored to receive the Friend of Farmers Award and grateful to work alongside the ICGA and ISA to make sure our farmers are thriving. I look forward to continuing our work together to keep Hoosier agriculture going strong.”

The organizations’ next policy gathering, the Indiana Ag Policy Forum, will take place in November. Learn more at www.incorn.org.

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 193, or equinlan@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.

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