04.08.16

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Paul Kanning of Flaxville

U.S. SENATE — Senator Steve Daines today recognized Paul Kanning of Flaxville as Montanan of the Week.  This past week Paul testified before the Senate Committee on Appropriations about the importance of assisting veterans find employment opportunities in agriculture. 

Daines met with Kanning in his DC office this week prior to his testimony.

Paul Kanning

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Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve

 The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:

                        MONTANAN OF THE WEEK

      Mr. DAINES. Mr. President, I rise today to recognize Paul Kanning of Daniels County, a fourth generation Montana farmer. This week, Paul testified before the Senate Committee on Appropriations about the importance of assisting veterans find employment opportunities in agriculture.  

      Paul is the current owner and operator of 103-year-old TomTilda farm, where he produces small grains, pulses and oilseed crops through no-till, continuous cropping practices. He began his farm career in 2013 following his retirement as an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of active duty service. 

     During the hearing, I heard Paul speak about his experiences as a veteran starting a career in the agriculture industry and how programs like those offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture helped provide the training and education he needed on the farm. Throughout his career, he has displayed incredible leadership both in our agriculture community and in our Armed Forces.

      He is a living success story of a man who has combined his leadership, dedication and discipline for both defending our country and providing food security for Montanans and our Nation. It was truly an honor to hear Paul testify this week and I am proud to honor his terrific testimony and hard work for Montana. 

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