Yesterday, Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) was presented with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award at a Longmont farm. The award, which is given out by the American Farm Bureau, seeks to recognize legislators who have done exemplary work promoting the interests of farmers and ranchers. The Bureau’s President, Don Shawcroft, said that Gardner “recognizes the importance of protecting private property rights and meaningful tax reform so farms and ranches are passed from one generation to the next.” Gardner first earned the “Friend of Farm Bureau” Award in 2006 as member of the Colorado State Legislature. He has received it every year since. He has also received the Colorado Farm Bureau Pinnacle Award, which is the organization’s highest honor.