PNWER President John van Dongen of British Columbia addresses the conference--Putnam photo
Farm Bureau County Presidents Meeting at PNWER Conference
Boise--The annual Idaho Farm Bureau Summer Presidents meeting has an added international twist this year, County Presidents are meeting with state, province and industry leaders gathered from around the Northwest.
"It's chance for us meet with our counterparts across the border," said State YR and R Chairman Chris Dalley from Blackfoot. Dalley sat in on the Cross Border Livestock discussion. "It's been interesting listening to what they're saying in Canada, they're pretty much in the same boat we are."
The Pacific Northwest Economic Region is hosting its 19th annual summit this week at the Boise Centre on the Grove. PNWER is the only forum for collaborative bi-national planning and policy development involving both the public and private sectors.
All week Representatives from Montana, Idaho, Washington, and the NW Canadian Provinces are addressing priority issues for the region including things like energy efficiency, water policy, invasive species, agriculture, not to mention cross border livestock issues.
"Idaho is committed to promoting better understanding and closer economic relations between Canada, our Pacific Northwest region and the United States," said Idaho Governor Butch Otter.
"The Pacific Northwest is one of the fastest growing regions in North America and the need for bi-national, regional advocates that work with both the public and private sectors is important in this economic climate."