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ARA Honors Rep. Garamendi with Legislator of the Year Award

May 01 2023

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) is pleased to recognize Rep. John Garamendi of California as a recipient of ARA’s Legislator of the Year Award.

“I’m deeply honored to receive the Agricultural Retailers Association’s Legislator of the Year Award. ARA’s members support America’s farmers as they feed the world, and I am proud to support their work through my efforts in Congress," says Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif.

“Last year, I championed the bipartisan Ocean Shipping Reform Act with Representative Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., to provide the Federal Maritime Commission with the regulatory power to support American exporters, protect consumers, and establish reciprocal trade opportunities to reduce our nation's longstanding trade imbalance with countries like China. Now that this bill has become law, it will help tackle the supply chain crisis and ensure ARA retailers have the supplies they need to do their work.

“I greatly appreciate this humbling honor from the Agricultural Retailers Association, and I am grateful for their partnership in supporting the Ocean Shipping Reform Act and other related legislation.”

Each year, ARA recognizes top legislators who have championed the issues of importance to agriculture and agriculture suppliers.

"Representative Garamendi is being honored for his leadership and continuous efforts in Congress to address critical supply chain challenges, water supply and quality issues, and improve other issues impacting the ag retailers we serve," says ARA President & CEO Daren Coppock. 

“His leadership in promoting policies that help protect ARA members’ freedom to operate and their ability to deliver essential products and services to their farmer customers in a timely manner is greatly appreciated among our members.”

To view other recipients of this award, visit the ARA's website