Hay in 2013
Idaho Farm Bureau Offers New Radio Program
Listen to Idaho Farm Bureau’s new agriculture radio program Saturday mornings at 7 a.m. on 590 KID and 92.1 FM. If you live outside eastern Idaho the program is live streamed. Or listen to the latest show here.
American Farm Bureau Kicks Off 2013 Photo ContestWASHINGTON, D.C., – The American Farm Bureau Federation, in conjunction with the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, has announced the 2013 Farm Bureau Photo Contest. The contest is open to all state and county Farm Bureau members and staff above 18 years of age at the time of entry, including professional photographers.
Photo submissions will be used to accurately portray today’s agriculture and safe practices of farmers and ranchers, and also for future publications and promotions by AFBF and related companies. Photo submissions must exemplify safe practices on the farm or ranch. read more
Voice of Idaho Agriculture
Wolf Population Data Deserves ScrutinyThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual wolf population report released in mid-April, shows “at least” 321 confirmed packs and 1,674 individuals in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
Overall numbers are down by about 100 animals compared to last year. Highlighted in the report are confirmation of breeding pairs and growing subpopulations in Oregon and Washington. Further, the report claims there are no wolves in Utah. In addition, the report is riddled with inconsistencies and other strangeness that leads us to believe we aren’t getting the full story here folks.
For instance, as far back as 2002, wolves were confirmed in northern Utah, when a pack killed 15 sheep and lambs near Hardware Ranch in Cache County. Livestock depredations have occurred throughout southeast Idaho and northern Utah since that time. In 2002, wolf number 253, a two-year-old male and member of Yellowstone Park’s Druid Pack, was caught in a coyote snare in Morgan County, Utah, east of Ogden. This wolf, doing nothing more than following his wild instincts, crossed a political boundary. He was transported back to Yellowstone Park, on the taxpayers’ dime, and was later killed by a hunter near Daniel, Wyoming. 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.
Idaho Farm Bureau would like to thank the floor sponsors of S1108, Senator Curt McKenzie (R-Nampa) and Representative Lynn Luker (R-Boise). We also appreciate all Farm Bureau members who took the time to call, e-mail and visit with their legislators and ask for their support. read more
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