NCGA Presents President’s Award to Senator Thune

(WASHINGTON) July 14, 2010 -- National Corn Growers Association President Darrin Ihnen today presented the President’s Award to Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) during NCGA’s Corn Congress events in Washington, D.C. The President’s Award is given annually to a leader who has worked to advance issues important to corn growers and agriculture.

“I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Senator Thune since his first term in the House of Representatives,” NCGA President Darrin Ihnen said. “When it came time to decide who this year’s recipient of the NCGA President’s award would be, I immediately thought of Senator Thune. One of the things I admire most about him is that he is a straight shooter, whether in the halls of Congress or hunting pheasants. We appreciate his openness and accessibility, which makes working in tandem on important issues very easy.”

“I am honored to receive this award from the National Corn Growers Association,” said Senator Thune. “I appreciate the work this organization does to represent the interests of corn growers across the country, and specifically the working relationship I have had over the years with the South Dakota Corn Growers. I look forward to continuing to work together on the Renewable Fuels Standard, supporting the move to E15, and other initiatives important to corn producers.”

Senator Thune began his career in politics as a staff member in Senator Jim Abdnor’s Washington office. He also served at the Small Business Administration under an appointment from President Ronald Reagan. Thune has also served as executive director of the South Dakota Republican Party, the State Railroad Director for South Dakota and the Executive Director of the South Dakota Municipal League.

Thune won his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996 and served three terms as South Dakota’s lone member. In 2004, he won his Senate seat by defeating a sitting Senate party leader for the first time in 52 years. Today, Senator Thune serves on the Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee, the Armed Services Committee, the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business Committee.

“Senator Thune has been an advocate for agriculture throughout his public careeer including work on such important items as the Renewable Fuel Standard and the 2008 Farm Bill,” Ihnen said. “We are honored to call Senator Thune a friend of corn and look forward to continuing work with him and his staff.”

Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents 35,000 dues-paying corn farmers nationwide. NCGA and its 48 affiliated state organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for their members and their industry

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