Recognizing the Idaho Farm Bureau Federationby Senator Mike Crapo
Posted on 2014-12-10
CRAPO. Mr. President, I wish to recognize the Idaho Farm
Bureau Federation's 75th year as an organization.
The Idaho Farm Bureau, which was started in 1939 in Murtaugh as an organization of farm and ranch families, has represented the interests of Idaho producers in addressing agriculture and natural resources issues. The organization is focused on ``formulating action to achieve educational improvement, economic opportunity, and social advancement and thereby, to promote the national well-being.'' Idaho is home to more than 25,000 farms and ranches. Farm families support our communities and are central to our economy and our State's culture. The pressures on these hard-working producers meeting the food needs of a growing world population are increasing as the pressures on our natural resources increase. Consideration of how policy changes affect this bedrock is critical to long-term economic growth and the success of our State and Nation.
From providing input on the farm bill, to transportation legislation and Federal regulation affecting the farm and ranch community, including Endangered Species Act concerns, the Idaho Farm Bureau has helped ensure that Idaho producers' voice is heard in a broad array of local and Federal policy discussions. I have greatly valued [[Page S6539]] the input of farm bureau leadership, staff and members. I look forward to continuing to work with this seasoned Idaho organization in shaping agriculture and natural resources policy to ensure that it best meets the needs of Idaho producers.
Congratulation to the Idaho Farm Bureau and its membership on this significant milestone. I wish you continued success.