IFB 2013 Convention Wrap
A recap of the 74th Annual Meeting of the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, just completed in Sun Valley, Idaho. New leaders were elected and many awards were presented to deserving volunteer members.
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Farm Bureau Delegates Reelect Priestley; Adopt New Wolf Policy
Sun Valley – Delegates to the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation’s 74th Annual Meeting reelected President Frank Priestley and Vice President Mark Trupp on Thursday morning.
Elected to the organization’s Board of Directors were Scott Steele of Bonneville County, Mark Harris of Bear Lake County, Rick Brune of Jerome County, Cody Chandler of Washington County, Alton Howell of Bonner County and Luke Pearce of Payette County.
Delegates representing 41 of Idaho’s 44 counties set the organization’s course for 2014 debating a wide range of agriculture and natural resources policy matters. The group voted to support an increase in brand registration fees to help fund a federal agency that conducts predator and pest control efforts. Federal government cuts have taken nearly $750,000 from Wildlife Services, a division of USDA, over the past three years. Farm Bureau delegates voted to join the ongoing, cooperative effort to raise funds for Wildlife Services. The Idaho Fish and Game Department, Idaho Cattle Association and Idaho Woolgrowers Association have all agreed to support the effort. The state legislature is likely to consider a bill that would also include state money early next year. It is expected that the funds will be dedicated to wolf management.read more
Voice of Idaho Agriculture
Memo to Feds: Thanks for a Nice Healthy Pack of Wolves And Knowing What’s Best for IdahoWolf recovery in the Northern Rocky Mountains is one of the greatest success stories in the history of the Endangered Species Act – that is unless you live here. In a period of time spanning less than 20 years, our federal government led by then Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt and President Bill Clinton, transplanted, recovered, and recently pulled nearly a million dollars in funding for wolf management activities.
In their wake, Idaho residents get to pick up the tab for damages caused by a growing population of the most cunning predators in the forest.
We’re betting Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter would like to deliver a bill and a solid boot to the rear ends of those responsible for this federal government “gift” that has manifested itself into an unfunded mandate. However, being the pragmatic leader he is, Gov. Otter formed a task force made up of state wildlife managers, livestock operators and sportsmen’s representatives to find a solution. Later this winter our state legislators will have the dubious pleasure of deliberating over a bill that will generate money from both state and private sources to fill in the void left for us by federal officials who think they know what’s best for Idaho. read more
Capitol Reflections - Final Issue 2013Initiative bill passes; Health insurance exchange; Transfer of federal lands; Personal property taxes; Agritourism bill approved; Scrap metal theft measure; Trucking legislation.
Initiative bill passes
Idaho Farm Bureau’s bill that requires broader geographic support in the state for an initiative or referendum to qualify for the election ballot has been sent to the governor’s desk after passing the House.
The measure, Senate Bill 1108, was debated on the House floor on March 22 and passed on a 45-21 vote. All but one of the House’s 13 Democrats voted no. They were joined by nine Republicans.
The Senate approved the bill 25-10. read more
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