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1997 Certificate of Distinction Winner John Myers

John Myers


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Congressman John Myers has had a long and dedicated career in the U.S. House of Representatives working with Indiana's agricultural leaders and educators. He has been a leader and proponent of agriculture and rural issues while serving 30 years in Congress.  "Over many years, Mr. Myers advanced agricultural issues with the Congress, playing instrumental roles with the House Agriculture Committee and the Appropriations Committee," one of his nominators said. "His support of the research and educational systems that help develop the necessary tools for producers to be successful is a credit to his government service.'
As a member of the House Agriculture Committee and its Appropriations Subcommittee, Myers played an important role in the development of the 1995 Farm Bill, which instituted much-needed reform in the system. He also sponsored the Midwest Plant l3iotechnology Consortium and an initiative to increase the Agricultural Research Service's presence at Purdue. He was instrumental in bringing the National Disabled Farmer Program headquarters to Purdue.  Serving as chairman of the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee, Myers' helped steer flood-control projects to his farming-intensive district. “During his tenure, he had been a stalwart supporter of agriculture and rural America,’ according to a nominator. This support hasn’t gone unnoticed garnering him the American Farm Bureau Federation's Golden Plow Award in 1989, the National Farmers Union Award  in 1991, another Friend of Farm  Bureau Award in 1996. Another nominator said: "He has served Purdue University; ‘Indiana agriculture and the citizens of Indiana with dedication and pride."  Myers also served on the Congressional Ethics Committee and the Post Office and Civil Service Committee. Prior to his 1966 election to Congress, he formed and held several senior positions in the Fountain Trust Co.