American Agri-Women Honor Forrest Lucas with Veritas Award

Bozeman, Mont. (AgPR) | American Agri-Women (AAW) awarded its prestigious Veritas Award to Forrest Lucas at its 2022 national convention held recently in Bozeman, Mont. The Veritas Award is bestowed upon individuals who have been public witness to the "pursuit of truth." Mr. Lucas’ lifelong association with agriculture and his passion for our American traditions led him to found Protect the Harvest in 2011. Protect the Harvest, under Forrest Lucas’ guidance, was created to defend and preserve American freedoms and to support farmers, ranchers, outdoor enthusiasts, and animal owners. Most Americans are unaware that there are special interest groups in America that have evolved into a wealthy and well-organized movement determined to change our way of life. These groups aim to control agriculture, land, and water use and eliminate human-animal interaction, hunting, and fishing. Their approach is to reach their goal incrementally via influencing public opinion with misinformation and writing, funding, and marketing legislation and regulations to suit their agenda. The result is an America that is less free and less prosperous, the elimination of animal ownership and human-animal interaction, the elimination of our ability to provide affordable food for our families, and the ability to enjoy traditional past times. Lucas was born and raised in Ramsey, Ind. and still calls Indiana his home. As the oldest of four, he comes from humble beginnings. Forrest worked on a Harrison County cattle farm in his teens to support his family. After graduating high school, he took several jobs, from working in a muffler factory to hauling loads in a dump truck. Forrest purchased his first semi-truck and began long-haul trucking only three years after high school. He bought more semi-trucks and a convenience store throughout the next decade. Forrest met his wife Charlotte in 1979, and the couple later had a son, Morgan, whom they raised along with their children from previous relationships. With the need to keep his trucks going down the road, Forrest developed a fascination for mixing oils and additives to improve gas mileage and overall vehicle performance. This knowledge would lead to creating several products and incorporating Lucas Oil Products in 1989. Over the last 33 years, Lucas Oil has grown to offer over 100 products sold in the United States and abroad. In addition to founding Lucas Oil, Forrest has been able to pursue many other successful business ventures. Lucas’ most notable of these ventures is in the sporting world. Lucas Oil Stadium has been the home of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League for nearly a decade. The name is prominent in the racing world, with tracks located in California, Missouri, and Indianapolis. Besides staying busy with his many business ventures and attending dozens of sporting events throughout the year, Forrest enjoys spending time with his family and taking care of his cattle ranch in Missouri. About American Agri-Women American Agri-Women (AAW) is the national coalition of farm, ranch, and agribusiness women's organizations that educate consumers, advocate for agriculture and offers networking and professional development opportunities. Go to the AAW website for more information and to join www.americanagriwomen.org. Find AAW on social media at: Facebook.com/AgriWomen/, Twitter.com/Women4Ag/ (@Women4Ag) and Instagram.com/americanagriwomen/ (@americanagriwomen). #standupspeakout4ag

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Media Contact: Laura Hart VP, Communications American Agri-Women 806-647-5911 - mobile communications@americanagriwomen.org www.americanagriwomen.org

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