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, and forums. We also participate in local events such as the Benewah County Fair. By action alerts and a local newsletter we try to let our members know what is going on in our 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.
The Board of Directors meets on the second Monday of the month (usually 5pm at the Federal Building in St. Maries). We can add members to our email list for reminders of when and where the board will be meeting. Otherwise, contact the County Office no more than a week in advance for the most up to date location and time of the meeting. 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, Secretary, and Treasurer. Half of the board is elected every November at the annual membership meeting for a two year term. At the following regular monthly board meeting, then the officers are voted in.
Our current board members are as follows:
President – Del Rust
Area 1 (Emida, Fernwood, Santa Areas) – Vacant
Area 2 (St. Maries River Valley and City of St. Maries) – Vacant
Area 3 (St. Joe River Valley and Hells Gulch and Harrison Flats) – Bud Steinebach – Vice President
Area 4 (Plummer, Minneloosa Valley, Lovell Valley, and Rock Creek Valley) – Russel Lowry
Area 5 (Tensed, Desmet, and Sanders) – Keith Daman
Area 6 (Cherry Creek, Benewah Creek, Chatcolet) – Vacant
Area 7 (at large) – Carole Rust – Secretary
Area 8 (at large) – Al Stifanick
Women’s Committee Chairwoman – Brenda Steinebach
Young Farmers and Ranchers Chair – Vacant
County Office Secretary – Susie Patterson