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Arrington receives Champion of Agriculture award from American Agri-Women

The Texas Agri-Women South Plains Chapter helped name U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington as a recipient of the Champion of Agriculture Award Thursday in Lubbock.

The chapter is through American Agri-Women, an organization that started giving the award in 2010 as a way to recognize members of Congress who have been a helping hand for agriculture. This year’s bipartisan award went to Arrington, a Lubbock Republican, and U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican.

Arrington, a Plainview native, accepted the award at a reception hosted by Plains Cotton Growers on Thursday, noting how the South Plains chapter started this past January.

“They made their first nomination, and they were able to get the award for their congressman,” said Arrington. “There’s nothing impossible for these gals to get done.”

The women of the South Plains chapter read the letter they submitted to the board that describes the work Arrington has put in during his two terms in office. They specifically highlighted Arrington’s work on restoring cotton to the Farm Bill safety net and his role in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

In the letter submitted for the award, the chapter members wrote, ”[Arrington] is known to us and many of his colleagues as the proud representative of the food, fuel and fiber capital of the world.”


Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller was in attendance for Arrington’s award reception and discussed the prospects of the state’s first hemp crop. In Texas, there are 833 active licenses and 11.2 million square feet in greenhouse operations for this first season.

“We’re pleased for the new opportunity for farmers, it’s another tool in the toolbox,” said Miller. “We need something else that gives us hope and maybe affects our bottom line.”

Arrington said he would continue to work for West Texas producers, calling them the heartbeat and backbone of the state and the nation.

“We have to keep that affordable, abundant, safe supply of food flowing throughout our country and the world,” said Arrington. “We are the leader in agriculture production because we have the hardest working, God-fearing farmers, plain and simple.”

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