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Wheat association presents awards to Pat Roberts, staff members

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at 6:17 a.m.

A national agriculture association has presented Sen. Pat Roberts and three members of his committee staff with awards for outstanding efforts on behalf of wheat.

The national and Kansas Wheat Growers Associations presented the Republican senator from Dodge City with their Wheat Advocate Award.

The award is presented annually to members of Congress “who have demonstrated support for the wheat industry above and beyond the norm,” according to a statement from Roberts’ office.

“We work hard every day to ensure our farmers have the tools they need to meet the increasing demands of a global economy,” Roberts said in the statement. “Sometimes this involves getting the federal government out of the way. I look forward to another year with our sleeves rolled up as we consider a five-year farm bill.”

Three members of Roberts’ Agriculture Committee staff received the Friend of Wheat Award, presented to congressional staffers for their support of wheat interests.

The staffers are Joel Leftwich, deputy Republican staff director; Max Fisher, chief economist for the committee’s Republicans; and Tara Smith, of the Republican senior professional staff.

Leftwich is from Wellington and Fisher is from St. John.

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