What Does FB Do? Please see this Whats in it For You pdf to see a very good summary of FB’s main activities and why people should join Farm Bureau.
Mission Statement: Benewah County Farm Bureau is a local grassroots organization consisting of a diverse membership that seeks to advocate responsible, productive, and sustainable agriculture with community education, political involvement, and a commitment to future generations.
Benewah Farm Bureau is Active: We meet monthly to plan, discuss, and implement activities and action according to our mission statement. We believe farming is the back bone of our country and vitally important to our country’s prosperity. In order for the country to prosper, citizens need to be active. Our community activities include organizing legislative report backs, town hall meetings/forums, supporting our community through donations and scholarships, and actively participating in policy updating for the Idaho Farm Bureau. We encourage our members to be on the Action Alert list and we send out local newsletter we try to let our members know what is going on in our Idaho legislation. Since Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization, we also work on resolutions that are then passed to the regional voting delegation, then to the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, and then some will go on to the American Farm Bureau Federation voting delegation. This is where even the smallest counties can affect and play a part in the larger organization of our Idaho Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau. Our resolutions can become part of Farm Bureau policy and affect our legislature in favor of farmers. We also participate in local events such as the Benewah County Fair, Summer Concert Series, and we offer scholarships locally to high school and college students.
Board Meetings: The Board of Directors meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month throughout the year as needed. The calendar on the Activities page will also show when up coming events are scheduled. It should also be noted that committees will meet at other times and the date, time, and place of specific committee meetings can usually be found by contacting the County Office.
Our Board of Directors: The Benewah County Farm Bureau Board consists of a President, eight directors representing areas of the county, the Women’s Committee Chairperson, and the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee Chairperson. There are also officers including the President, Vice President, and Secretary/ Treasurer. Half of the board is elected every October/November at the Annual Membership meeting for a two year term (except Women’s Committee Chair and YF and R Chair are appointed and confirmed by the board for two year terms). At the following regular monthly board meeting, then the officers are voted in for a two year term.
Our current board members are as follows:
President – Jeff Bloomsburg
Vice President – Keith Daman
Sec/Treasurer – Joe Bloomsburg
Director – Russel Lowry
Director – Marjorie French
Director – Mike Ingersoll
Director – Dennis Humphrey
Women’s Committee Chairwoman – Vacant
Young Farmers and Ranchers Chair – Timothy Daman
To assist the board and facilitate communication there is also a County Office Secretary / Web Admin – Susie Patterson, who is not a board member.