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Idaho Farm Bureau Observes 75th Anniversary
Boise –The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation celebrated 75 years as an organization during its annual convention in Boise, December 2-4.
The organization got its start back in September of 1939 in Murtaugh.
Delegates representing 41 of Idaho’s 44 counties discussed policy and set the organization’s course for 2014 debating a wide range of agriculture and natural resources matters. 
Delegates to the 75th Annual Convention adopted new policy on fuel taxes to help improve Idaho’s roads and bridges, endangered species with regard to sage grouse, opposed establishment of new free-roaming herds of bison outside Yellowstone Park and adopted new policy language on the establishment of national monuments and wilderness areas.
Idaho Farm Bureau’s annual banquet drew more than 325 members that packed the Riverside Hotel banquet room. The group enjoyed a historical retrospective video spanning the Farm Bureau’s 75 years and another video that featured remembrances from former Farm Bureau Presidents Dale Rockwood, Tom Geary and former first lady, Frances Field. 
President Frank Priestley awarded the President’s Cup Award to Tim and Rosemary Lowry of Owyhee County. Lowry is a lifelong rancher and won a landmark water rights case in the U.S. Supreme Court that preserved stock water rights on public lands throughout the West.
Winner of this year’s Young Farmer and Rancher discussion meet was Lanae Nalder of Minidoka County. Nalder is a cattle rancher. She received a Polaris Trailblazer ATV and an all-expense paid trip to San Diego to compete in the American Farm Bureau Discussion Meet in January. 
Shaun and Hattie Blaser of Rexburg won the Young Farmer and Rancher Excellence in Agriculture Award. Ben and Amy Gittins of Weston received the Young Farmer and Rancher Achiever Award. For the past several years Polaris Motorsport dealers of Idaho made a generous donation to the Farm Bureau Achiever Award winner.
Recognized as Women of the Year were Nancy Asay of Malad, Susan Johnson of Leadore, Maria Brown of Burley, Pattie Chandler of Weiser and Sheila Hasselstrom of Winchester.

Luke Pearce of Payette County was elected to the State Board of Directors. Judy Woody of Twin Falls County was elected as the new Women’s Leadership Committee chair. Allis Chandler of Washington County was elected vice chair. Cole Smith of Montpelier was elected Young Farmer and Rancher Committee chairman.

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