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Monday, October 10, 2022
LMA recognizes Roberts, Marshall, and Costa as "Friends of the Livestock Marketing Industry"
During the Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA) annual D.C. Fly In, Retired Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS), and House Livestock Subcommittee Chairman Jim Costa (D-CA) received the Friend of the Livestock Marketing Industry award for going above and beyond in their legislative service on behalf of the livestock marketing industry. This is the first time in more than 20 years that LMA has given the award. It is the first time legislators have been award recipients.

“It takes true leadership and quite a bit of grit to be a leader in livestock policy,” said Chelsea Good, LMA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs and Legal. “LMA has been blessed by the leadership of Senators Roberts and Marshall and Representative Costa. They roll their sleeves up, dig into the details, and are willing to stand up for what is right.”

Sen. Roberts is the only individual to chair both the House and Senate agriculture committees. He remained true to his Kansas roots throughout his forty years of serving in Washington D.C., prioritizing the interests of the livestock sector. In fact, he was known to some simply as the “Farm Guy.”

Both Marshall and Costa continue their service to Congress and the livestock industry. Rep. Costa is Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture. Sen. Marshall, who has served in the Senate since 2021, is a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

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