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Award Honorees

The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy, United States Senate

1997 : Organic Leadership Award

Patrick Leahy is the senior United States Senator from Vermont, in office since 1975. A member of the Democratic Party, Leahy is known as the “father” of the national program and author of the 1990 Organic Foods Production Act. Through Senator Leahy's unwavering support, the organic industry has seen an astoundingly steady growth. Under his leadership, organic has quickly becoming a thriving sector in Vermont and American agriculture.