Izaak Walton League Press Releases

Statement on the Transition of Senate Agriculture Committee Chair (9/9/09)

For Immediate Release: September 9, 2009

Contact: Brad Redlin, IWLA Director of Agriculture Programs, 651-270-0564, bredlin@iwla.org

The Izaak Walton League of America issued the following statement in acknowledgment of Sen. Tom Harkin (IA) stepping down from the chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Sen. Blanche Lincoln (AR) assuming the chair:

“The League enjoyed a strong working relationship with Senator Tom Harkin in his role as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Senator Harkin steadfastly supported agricultural conservation during development of the 2008 Farm Bill.  We thank him for his work on behalf of America’s farmers and our nation’s diversity of fish, wildlife and habitats and wish him well in his new effort.  We also look forward to continued collaboration with him as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

“The relationship we have with Senator Harkin is based on the strong and respected reputation of the League throughout the country, including Iowa.  Our many members in the Senator’s home state offer their thanks for his service and his continuing role as a conservation champion in the U.S. Senate.

“The League looks forward to building on the existing relationship we have enjoyed with Senator Blanche Lincoln and her staff.  We congratulate the new committee chair and look forward to continued collaboration for conservation in agriculture that economically benefits farms, ranches, and rural America while simultaneously safeguarding our nation’s natural resources.”

Founded in 1922, the Izaak Walton League of America protects America's outdoors through education, community-based conservation, and promoting outdoor recreation. For more information about the League, visit http://www.iwla.org/.


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