Farm Bureau Delegates Reelect Priestley: Adopt New Wolf Policy
Sun Valley – Delegates to the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation’s 74th Annual Meeting reelected President Frank Priestley and Vice President Mark Trupp on Thursday morning.
Elected to the organization’s Board of Directors were Scott Steele of Bonneville County, Mark Harris of Bear Lake County, Rick Brune of Jerome County, Cody Chandler of Washington County, Alton Howell of Bonner County and Luke Pearce of Payette County.
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.
Farm Bureau’s annual banquet drew over 300 members. The group enjoyed entertainment from the Bar J Wranglers. President Frank Priestley awarded the President’s Cup Award to Gerald and Celia Marchant of Oakley. The Marchant’s are cattle ranchers and long-time members. Gerald has served on the State Board of Directors for several years.
Winner of this year’s Young Farmer and Rancher discussion meet was Zak Miller of Jefferson County. Miller is a cattle nutritionist and cattle rancher. He will receive a Polaris Trailblazer ATV and an all-expense paid trip to San Antonio, Texas to compete in the American Farm Bureau Discussion Meet in January. Discussion Meet runner-up was LeNae Nalder of Oneida County.
Elizabeth and Steven Kohtz of Twin Falls County received the Young Farmer and Rancher Excellence in Agriculture Award. Dwight and Jamie Little of Madison County received the Young Farmer and Rancher Achiever Award. For the past several years Polaris Motorsports has made a generous donation to the Farm Bureau Achiever Award winner. This year, Jared Burt of Rexburg Motor Sports presented a Polaris Ranger UTV to the Little’s.
Recognized as Women of the Year were Marci Bingham of Franklin County, Jalene Shuldberg of Jefferson County, Carey Thompson of Lincoln County, Shirley Florence of Valley County and Linda Rider of Kootenai County.
The Idaho Farm Bureau extends its best wishes to outgoing State Board members Scott Bird of Bannock County, Mike McEvoy of Canyon County, Bob Callihan of Latah County and Mike Garner of Cassia County.