IFB Annual Meeting Begins
Hundreds of members of Idaho's largest general ag organization, The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, are meeting this week in Sun Valley, Idaho. Jake Putnam reports on the event.
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.
New Resource Guide Assists Veterans in Agriculture
WASHINGTON, D.C., – A new resource guide developed by Farm Bureau and the Farmer Veteran Coalition Partnership is now available.
“Through this partnership, I am optimistic returning veterans will learn how to continue their service to our country by helping feed its citizens, nourish its land and make its rural communities more viable through the many entrepreneurial opportunities agriculture has to offer,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman.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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