Wednesday, November 30, 2016

77th Annual Meeting


Idaho Farm Bureau's 77th Annual Meeting underway in Boise

Boise--The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation opened its 77th Annual Meeting with a rousing speech and State of Farm Bureau Adress by IFBF President Bryan Searle. Searle showed members that grass root politics is alive and well in the Gem State with a video presentation of the organizations accomplishments this past year.

"At the Statehouse this past year we had a good session, we actively engaged with 77 bills and resolutions, 88-percent of the bills that were worked  by us became law, or were killed in harmony with IFBF policy," said Searle.

Over 300 members, county presidents, delegates gathered for the opening speech. Searle says as great as the organization is, success and all the hard work is done at the county level. 

"This is a great organization, we have clout and it comes from our County Presidents who spend countless hours organizing, making phone calls and emailing their boards and members. Without our Presidents the Farm Bureau wouldn't be as effective," said Searle.

Breakout sessions were well attended with Clark Johnson addressing up the up-coming winter markets. Trevor Gerdes talked for a long time about home-made solar energy, showing farmers how to cut costs through solars at a time when operating costs are soaring and profit margins are thin on the farm.

Farmer and former IFBF Board member Mike Garner did a session on employer/employee relationships and stressed that in this day and age the best management practice that an employer can do is express gratitude.

"You get a hundred percent payback on the return and it costs nothing. Employees just want to know that they're doing a good job. You can pay them the highest wage in the market, but if you're not telling them they're doing a good job its all wasted and they're not happy," said Garner who runs a dairy, farming and energy operation in Raft River.

At this writing, The IFBF House of Delegates is in session with President Searle presiding.  The Delegates can expect to be informed by experts on issues such as Water Adjudication, Solar Energy, Employee Relationships, Commodity Checkoff and Personal Safety, just to name a few.

Farm Bureau county leaders will write policy that in essence solves problems on the farm. Over the next two days, voting delegates from 37 County Farm Bureau’s  will write the 2017 policy book. The IFBF will send the book to our Congressional Delegation, the Governor and every member of the Legislature so they know precisely where the Farm Bureau stands on every viable political issue.

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