Friday, February 18, 2011

Advocates for Agriculture

Risenmay's cap off Legislative Internship with Television Interview
Boise--Leslie and Greg Risenmay of Osgood, Idaho ended their Legislative Internship with an interview with KIVI television in Boise.
Nampa's ABC affiliate is working on a story about young people returning to farming. According to the latest USDA census, Idaho has 200 more farm and ranches in 2010, most of the new start-up operations are farmers under 35.

The Risenmays got into farming after graduating from BYU-Idaho. They started out leasing land and have been buying land ever since. They have a potato operation outside of Idaho Falls and the past few years have been very good to the young couple.

"Markets are good, and we're farming smarter and cutting corners, we can't see ourselves doing anything different," said Greg Risenmay. "We're in for the lifestyle, we have a family, we are family oriented, I love it." Leslie Risenmay told the reporter.

Idaho Farm Bureau's Jake Putnam told KIVI that "This isn't your Mom and Pop's farm operation, today's farms are high tech and that's attractive to this generation. You heard it here first, farming is cool again."

The Idaho Farm Bureau hosts Legislative interns during the session, this week the Risenmays joined the Legislative Affairs team and donned green badges, attended committee meetings and even lobbied lawmakers.

"This is an amazing way to learn the legislative process, you can read about it and how it works, but until you're here, you have no idea what goes into our Farm Bureau Agenda, Our Farm Bureau team gets a lot done during a session," said Greg Risenmay.

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