IFBF 74th Annual Meeting

Local Delegates received recognition at the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation 74th Annual Meeting on 12-5-13.

Delegates representing 41 of Idaho’s 44 counties set the organization’s course for 2014 debating a wide range of agriculture and natural resources policy matters. The group voted to support an increase in brand registration fees to help fund a federal agency that conducts predator and pest control efforts. Federal government cuts have taken nearly $750,000 from Wildlife Services, a division of USDA, over the past three years. Farm Bureau delegates voted to join the ongoing, cooperative effort to raise funds for Wildlife Services. The Idaho Fish and Game Department, Idaho Cattle Association and Idaho Woolgrowers Association have all agreed to support the effort. The state legislature is likely to consider a bill that would also include state money early next year. It is expected that the funds will be dedicated to wolf management.

Benewah County FB President Del Rust, Vice President Bud Steinebach, Women’s Committee Chair Brenda Steinebach, and Carole Rust the North Idaho Women’s Committee Director traveled to Sun Valley to participate in the meeting. Del Rust accepted an award for the county for its achievements in the areas of membership, governmental activities, county information, legislative candidate evaluations, economic services, board activities, and agricultural education.

Brenda Steinebach accepted the award for the county women’s committee for its achievements in the areas of agriculture education, media and information, political education, consumer understanding, organization, leadership, policy development, and new project. The new project for 2013 was our Benewah County Farm Bureau website.

Carole Rust was re-elected to the position of North Idaho Women’s Committee Director to serve on the State Committee.

Elected to the organization Board of Directors to the North Idaho District was Alton Howell of Bonner County to serve alongside of Marge French of Latah County and Tom Daniel of Boundary County.

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