Boise—The Idaho Farm Bureau’s Legislative Conference starts next Tuesday with a new twist.
This year the 2020 Conference takes members from the conference room to the Idaho Statehouse.
“We wanted to emphasize a couple of important things this year, first of all, we would like our members to be able to visualize the process,” said Legislative Affairs Director Russ Hendricks.
We want them to know how laws are really made at the Statehouse, secondly, we want them to rub shoulders with lawmakers and make a connection with their legislators.”
They’ll walk the halls, talk to lawmakers and see where State government happens, for a hands-on conference that puts members in the legislative trenches. For lawmakers they will get to see who they represent:
“It's really important for legislators to be reminded that when we are at the Statehouse we are representing 80,000 families in Idaho that live and work in each of their districts,” said Hendricks.
And Hendricks emphasized that it is a hands-on experience that will benefit members.
“It really helps our members visualize and see how things work,” added Hendricks.
“Until you have actually been there and seen it with your own eyes it can be a very vague process. “It really helps our members visualize and see how things work.”
Hendricks says the Legislative Conference emphasizes the grass-roots nature of the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation. The Conference starts Tuesday afternoon, members can still signup and register on the Idaho Farm Bureau website.