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Gubernatorial Candidate Lacks Rural Perspective

The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation does not endorse candidates for statewide offices. However, statements posted on Idaho Gubernatorial Candidate A.J. Balukoff’s website are reasons for rural voters to be concerned.

We believe Idaho voters should be aware of and informed about the candidate’s position on wolves, monument designations and several others. The following statement is one example:

What do you think about the state wolf-control panel that Gov. Otter and the Legislature created this year?

“I think that was more about election-year politics than an attempt to create informed public policy.....


Whose Land is it?

Americans, and especially Idahoans, love and cherish public lands. We take it for granted that they will always be there for us to enjoy. Unfortunately, we all are incrementally being shut out of “our” public lands by the federal “managers.”


Immigration Reform – Putting Out a Call for Statesmanship

In an attempt to rally for the cause of reforming our nation’s broken immigration policy, farmers, ranchers and lobbyists from various business groups went to Washington D.C. on July 9 to encourage Congress to find a decisive way forward.


EPA’s Proposed ‘Waters’ Rule is Unworkable

The American Farm Bureau Federation recently reviewed EPA’s March 25 release of the ‘waters of the U.S.’ proposed rule. The results of the review are dismaying.


Monument Proposal Lacks Details and Local Support

The Idaho Farm Bureau opposes the creation of a Boulder-White Cloud National Monument by presidential proclamation.


Idaho – The Sage-Grouse State

Forget potatoes, forget gems, while our state legislators are in Boise this spring they may want to consider an additional piece of legislation declaring Idaho “The Sage-Grouse State.”
It has a ring to it.


Fed Bashing – Because They Earned It

Fed bashing is a popular endeavor here in Idaho that a lot of outsiders don’t seem to understand. Following, in an attempt to shed some light, is a discussion on taking private property, managing federal property and wildlife management.


BLM Priorities Askew

In its selection process of a route for a massive power transmission line across southern Idaho, the Bureau of Land Management listed eight criteria used in the decision making process.

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