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David Sparks Ph.d Resolutions Committee
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: May 06, 2019

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Inside the Idaho farm bureau building in Boise you'll find a bit of old fashioned grass roots politics. Just two blocks from the Idaho statehouse.

 

The Farm Bureau Resolutions Committee has been meeting every April since 1939 to discuss policies farmers need. Idaho Farm Bureau President Brian Searle: “The strength of Farm Bureau is our grassroots. It's our members it's our input. And so we just had a legislative session and laws were passed and. So it's an opportunity again to look at our policy and. That's what this committee does and they're elected and appointed to represent the grassroots.”

 

From the counties and then to districts, members come up with resolutions. Everything from dirt and fertilizer to government rules and regulations and how to improve them. If resolutions pass this hurdle they become policy and are lobbied at the State House and even Washington D.C. Bob Callahan from the Sixth District” “The policy really determines much of what the Farm Bureau does during the course of the year.”

 

Not all resolutions pass. Some are redundant. Some are sent back for revision by the committee. Dozens of resolutions were considered on this day the best were added to the policy book. President says this is the bedrock on which Farm Bureau was built back in 1939: “It all starts right on the ground, right in the dirt on the grass the cows feed. It all starts right there with the issues and challenges that they face.

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