Feinstein earns Farm Bureau endorsement for Senate re-election
» April 28, 2011 «
Describing her as a consistent and powerful advocate for farmers and ranchers, the California Farm Bureau Federation has endorsed Sen. Dianne Feinstein for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. The Farm Bureau Board of Directors voted unanimously to endorse Feinstein, citing her history of working on behalf of farmers and ranchers on a wide variety of issues.
Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger said Feinstein understands the economic and environmental benefits of sustaining California agriculture and throughout her tenure in the Senate has worked on issues critical to maintaining a vibrant, diverse agricultural sector that serves as a renewable economic stimulus for the whole state.
“Farmers and ranchers are in the business of getting things done, and that’s one reason that we appreciate Senator Feinstein,” Wenger said. “She has proven, again and again, that she can get things done in Washington and she has shown time after time that she will advocate effectively on behalf of California farmers and ranchers.”
He noted Feinstein’s work to free additional water supplies for farmers during recent drought years and her consistent support for long-term water solutions that include increased storage. He said the senator has authored legislation to ease the estate-tax burden on farmers and ranchers, and to reform federal immigration laws to create an effective guestworker program for agriculture.
“Dianne Feinstein has stood up for farmers and ranchers more times than we can count,” Wenger said, adding that it’s unusual for Farm Bureau to endorse a candidate so early in the election cycle.
“The only other time I can think of was six years ago, when we endorsed Senator Feinstein’s previous re-election campaign,” he said. “That’s a measure of how strongly we feel about her work on behalf of California and how much farmers and ranchers will benefit from her continued service in Washington.”
In addition to the endorsement of her 2006 re-election bid, the Farm Bureau also endorsed Sen. Feinstein’s re-election campaigns in 1994 and 2000.
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of approximately 76,500 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of nearly 6.3 million Farm Bureau members.
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