Ohio Senator Recognized for RFS Efforts

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) last week honored Senator George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio) with its President’s Award, a mark of distinction given to leaders who exemplify great commitment to U.S. corn farmers.

Washington, D.C. – August 4, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) honored Senator George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio) with its President’s Award, a mark of distinction given to leaders who exemplify great commitment to U.S. corn farmers. “Senator Voinovich was chosen to receive the 2003 President’s Award because of his tremendous support for a renewable fuels standard (RFS),” said NCGA President Fred Yoder, a Plain City, Ohio grower. “His tenacity and resolve to include an RFS in the energy bill has earned him thanks and respect from all corn growers.” Voinovich received the award at NCGA’s Corn Congress, in Washington, D.C., where state delegates gathered to elect new officers, consider 2004 initiatives and launch CornPAC, the association’s political action committee. “Ohio’s air is clean today because of our widespread use of ethanol and one reason I fought so hard to encourage more ethanol use nationwide is because I want other states’ air quality to benefit from ethanol as we have,” said Voinovich. “I also know that more ethanol is good for farmers and those benefits reverberate across state economies. It’s an honor to receive this award because it’s an honor to serve people who work as hard as Ohio’s farmers do.” The National Corn Growers Association mission is to create and increase opportunities for corn growers in a changing world and to enhance corn’s profitability and usage. NCGA represents more than 32,000 members, 25 affiliated state corn grower organizations and hundreds of thousands of growers who contribute to state checkoff programs. “It is a privilege to work with Senator Voinovich on issues affecting growers,” continued Yoder. “From his days as governor of Ohio to his work in the Senate, he has always pursued a progressive agriculture agenda based on innovation and growth. Sen. Voinovich is a true champion of agriculture.” Past recipients of NCGA’s President’s Award include Leo Liebowitz, chairman and CEO of Getty Petroleum Marketing, Inc., Sens. Kit Bond (R-Missouri.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota), and House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois).

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