Boise--The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation welcomed 25 newly-elected lawmakers at the annual Idaho Farm Bureau Freshman luncheon Wednesday.
IFBF Legislative Affairs Director Russ Hendricks greeted the new lawmakers saying that IFBF promotes agriculture which is an economic force in the state economy.
"We want to give lawmakers the chance to get to know us, ask questions so that later in the session and they're considering Ag legislation they can call on us to answer their questions. We represent 80-thousand members and every Ag producer group in Idaho," said Hendricks. "Ag represents a large part of the state economy."
Idaho Farm Bureau President Bryan Searle addressed the incoming lawmakers via a taped message. Searle is in New Orleans at the AFBF Annual Meeting and could not attend.
"One of the things we are proud of saying is that we are a grassroots organization. What that means is that our policies--our official positions on a variety of issues, start as resolutions from members at the county farm bureau level," said Searle.