Friday, December 4, 2009

Annual Meeting Wrap-up

Idaho Farm Bureau House of Delegates in session on Thursday--Putnam photo

Farm Bureau Delegates Meet for 70th Annual Convention

Idaho Falls--Delegates from 37 county Farm Bureaus met this week in Idaho Falls for the annual Idaho Farm Bureau Convention. Delegates re-elected Frank Priestley from Franklin County to a 7th term as president of the organization.

Mark Trupp of Teton County was elected to serve as the organization’s new vice president. Trupp replaces Carl Montgomery of Jerome County. New members elected to the IFBF State Board of Directors include Chris Dalley of Bingham County, who replaces Albert Johnson of Bear Lake County. Austin Tubbs of Oneida County will serve as the new IFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee Chairman. Tracy Walton of Gem County replaces Terry Jones of Gem County, who did not seek re-election. Scott Steele of Bonneville County was nominated to replace Trupp by District 2 delegates and confirmed by the Board. Allis Chandler of Washington County was appointed to the State Women’s Committee.

Re-elected to the IFBF State Board of Directors were Louis Kins of Bonner County, Dean Schwendiman of Madison County and Rick Pearson of Twin Falls County.

“We want to welcome new leaders and to thank the outgoing directors and Carl Montgomery for their years of valuable service to this organization.” said President Frank Priestley. “They improved and shaped the Farm Bureau during their years of service and we’re grateful.”

Bill and Betty DeVeny of Riggins were awarded the IFBF President’s Cup for their contribution to agriculture over the past four decades. Farm Bureau members since the early 70’s, the DeVeny’s remain active in politics from their Shingle Creek Ranch. Betty is the sitting Idaho County FB President and Bill is a past president.

The Women’s Leadership Committee honored Betty Ann Higley of Malta, Joyce Dalley of Blackfoot, Betty DeVeny of Riggins and Pauline Bagley from Victor for their outstanding involvement and accomplishments in their Districts.

The Young Farmers and Ranchers held the state discussion meet finals during the Annual meeting. Emily Ward of American Falls won top honors. She took home a $500 check from Dodge, a new four-wheeler from Polaris, and an all-expense paid trip to the AFBF National Discussion Meet next month in Seattle. Ward took second in last year’s state competition.

Kara Jackson the reining Miss Idaho, competed in the discussion meet, served as a delegate and discussed her platform which is agriculture education in school. She will compete for the Miss America Crown next month in Las Vegas.

IFBF members also attended educational workshops on time management, wealth transfer, and commodity hedging. The banquet keynote speaker was former NBA great Walter Bond.

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