BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – The Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau’s (CIRB) Chairman, Zane Vaughn of ARMtech, presented Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) with the crop insurance industry’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Chairman Roberts is considered to be the father of the modern crop insurance program and is the only Member of Congress to serve as Chairman of both House and Senate Agriculture Committees. He most recently worked to pass the 2018 Farm Bill with the largest vote count in history. CIRB’s Chairman presented the award during the 2020 CIRB Annual Meeting, in Bonita Springs, FL.
“Crop insurance is the anchor of the farm safety net, but it hasn’t always been that way. Through Chairman Roberts’ vision, perseverance and endless wit and sense of humor, he drove a shift in farm policy that is almost unprecedented,” stated CIRB Chairman Zane Vaughn of ARMtech. “This industry, America’s farmers and ranchers, and others throughout rural America owe a great debt of gratitude to Chairman Roberts for his belief in a better system of risk management.”
“I’m honored to receive the crop insurance industry’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and I would be remiss if I did not dedicate it to the hard-working men and women who have always been there to remind me of the importance of the farmer’s risk management toolkit. Thank you for all you do—and will continue to do—for farmers, ranchers, growers, and rural communities,” said Roberts. “No matter where I travel across the country, the number one refrain I hear is, ‘protect crop insurance.’ That’s why I have made it a priority during my time in Congress, and I’m pleased that together we have fended off multiple attempts to cut and harm the program.”
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