Idaho Conference – WESTERN AG INFORMATION NETWORK
LEGISLATIVE AND COMMODITIES CONFERENCE 2022
“The purpose of this meeting is for Farm Bureau members to sit down with their legislators and voice any concerns they have in their communities or with their ranch or farms,” said Daniel Garner, director of the council. State of Idaho Federation of Agricultural Bureaux.
On February 8, members of the Idaho Agricultural Bureau Federation traveled from across the state to attend the 2022 Legislative and Commodities Conference in Boise.
“I think the purpose of this conference is to teach our members, our county chairmen, board members and those who work with the various commodity commissions how to engage the people who adopt the policy that affects us on a daily basis in our operations. said Stephanie Mickelsen, state council director for the Idaho Federation of Agricultural Bureau.
The conference began with a luncheon where members were able to have a zoom call with the Idaho Congressional delegation from Washington DC and were briefed on some of the current happenings in the nation’s capital and were able to ask a few questions.
The afternoon was filled with meetings with a variety of commodity committees, where members heard the latest updates on beef, dairy and potatoes, to name a few. .
“So they can have a good conversation about their needs, how the industry may change, the different challenges that come up,” Mickelsen said.
Meetings were also held on the rule-making process and how best to build a relationship with legislators. Members were able to put this knowledge into practice that evening at the annual legislative dinner. More than 90 legislators and other agency heads were on hand to share a meal and a chat with members of the Farm Bureau.
“It’s priceless.” “You can actually talk in a calm, quiet setting so you have the opportunity to let them know how the legislation they pass affects the boots on the pitch, so to speak,” Garner said.
“Because at the end of the day they have a lot of special interests that come to mind, and so if you can get a real person, a real constituent who can come and explain the issues they have with a whole regulations or issues, it has more impact on legislators than if we just said our lobbyists should talk to them. By getting our employees, our growers, our ranchers to talk about the issues, it certainly has more impact on the legislature,” Mickelsen said.