Annual Membership Meeting Event
Our Annual Membership Meeting for 2017 was Saturday October 28th, 7pm, at the Gateway Cafe in Plummer. We will voted in the following Board Members: Gene Moore for Area 1, Colin Longworth for Area 2, Russel Lowry for for Area 4, Marge French for Area 6, and Al Stifanick for At Large Position 8 (for total list of directors and to see where those areas cover, please see the About Us page).
Al Stifanick spoke about a new local program of farmers giving written permission to hunters allowed to hunt on property in the Tensed area. They are hoping to expand this program since it is working so well.
Sheriff Resser spoke about multiple issues in Benewah County. It included confirmation by the state that Tribal members must have permission to access the land of non-Tribal member property owners, a discussion about the currently proposed animal control ordinance, benefits to the county having a new officer that is primarily a detective, and the addition of a K-9 Support unit to the K-9 they already have.
Senator Dan Foreman spoke on how the last legislative session went and what he has been asked to address in the upcoming session. He tried to tackle the abortion issue and, even though it couldn’t get through committee, he was glad it got media attention. He voted over 90% of the time with Farm Bureau. He is looking towards some topics in the next session including the right of parents to waive vaccinations, give credits to parents of special needs students so they can attend the school the parents choose, getting rid of daylight savings, and a few other topics.
Past year speakers have included: Wayne Hoffman from the Idaho Freedom Foundation speaking about the importance to hold representatives and congressmen accountable, Fred Birnbaum from Idaho Freedom Foundation spoke about Asset Forfeiture, Jim Chmelik spoke to us before about the need for getting control of lands held in trust for the State of Idaho (a.k.a. Federal lands), and Ken Ivory from the American Lands Council to spoke on the transfer of public lands to the states.
Activities and Achievements of Benewah County Farm Bureau 2017
- Members attended the annual IFBF meeting
- Recognized in the parade of county “Show Case” activities in the area of membership in 2017 by the Idaho Farm Bureau for 2016
- Farm Stead newsletter of Benewah County Farm Bureau sent out to regular members
- Membership Prospect list and map development for all board members by committee chair, Susie
- Member serving on the Agri-Pac Committee
- Member serving on State Women’s Committee
- Attended some County Commissioner Meetings
- Board Training by North Idaho Regional Manager, Bob Smathers
- Policy Development Training
- A member participated in several community information meetings
- Served Hot Dogs, chips and beverages to County Fair participants and parents at the County Fair
- Fair Booth educational display featured samples of commodities grown locally
- A candidate Evaluation Committee member donated to Agri-Pac
- Delegates attended Resolutions District V Convention
- Participated in e-mail campaign to Idaho Legislature
- Benewah County FB website up to date with a video, the Code of the New West document, Women’s Committee contest information, and local news. Benewahcountyidaho.org
- Attended National AFBF, Summer President’s Conference, and State Women’s Leadership Conference
- Invited our county sheriff to share his concerns for Benewah County at this annual meeting
- MAC (moving agriculture to the classroom) presentation of milking the cow and grinding wheat
- Phone conference call during the Legislature session with Senator Dan Foreman
- Reached out to all county FBs on Industrial Hemp resolution prior to House of Delegates Convention
- Our county proposed two resolutions of the twelve that IFBF House of Delegates submitted to the AFBF delegates. One passes as amended
- County President assisted another county president, a delegate to AFBF Delegates, to resurrect a tabled resolution from this county so it could be amended to add the language “partnerships” to trade agreement policies
- Forwarded AFBF e-mail article of Oct 11, 2017 “Teaming up to Revitalize our Agricultural Industry” by legalizing the production and processing of industrial hemp (by congress passing HR 3530) to two of our legislators from LD #5 and asked them if they would carry the ball in Idaho Legislature
THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE!