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August 22nd, 2012

Iowa Farm Bureau Endorses Rep. Steve King over Christie Vilsack

(AMES) – Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron) today received the Iowa Farm Bureau’s “Friend of Agriculture” designation over Democrat challenger Christie Vilsack in the race for the new 4th Congressional District.

“I very much appreciate again receiving the ‘Friend of Agriculture’ designation from the Iowa Farm Bureau,” said King. “It is reflective of the sixteen years I have had the opportunity to work hand-in-glove with the Iowa Farm Bureau. They are the best organization to bring the will of its membership into the legislative arena. I am grateful for the ‘Friend of Agriculture’ designation, especially at this time, because it strengthens my ability to move a Farm Bill now.“

A nine-member, bipartisan committee reviews evaluations of the candidates, while also considering candidates’ positions on issues of importance to members, and leadership before making the endorsement selections.

“Actions matter,” said Dallas County farmer and IFBF PAC Chair, Rod Collins. “Our PAC carefully evaluates the candidates’ track records to determine who has demonstrated support for our farmers and issues that directly impact their families, businesses and communities. It’s a process that emphasizes Farm Bureau policies over partisan politics. The fact that 98 counties participated in the process shows our members are committed and focused on strengthening agriculture and rural Iowa.”

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