IFBF Podcast: The Little Farm Bureau that could

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Welcome to the Idaho Farm Bureau podcast, we’re coming to you from our offices just a block away from the Idaho Statehouse. Pull up a chair, give us a listen, today's show is about a little Farm Bureau that could.

Thanks for joining us I’m Jake Putnam. The Idaho Farm Bureau as far as State Farm Bureaus is not that big. States like California, Iowa, and Tennesse dwarf the Gem State. But the Idaho Farm Bureau casts a long shadow…at American back in Washington.

Idaho Farm Bureau is gaining the reputation as the little farm bureau that could. Case in point, The American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. Usually held at an exotic location somewhere in the USA, but this year because of Corona Virus held on Zoom. All through this great big meeting, Idahoans,

People we all know kept popping up.

There’s Alan Clark out of Rigby, he’s rancher and farmer, great guy, he was selected to serve a two-year term on the AFBF Promotion and Education Committee. That committee helps promote Ag as well as educate people, where their food comes from and they also are charged with telling people how their food is produced.

Almost a decade ago I visited a young couple out in Downey and told everyone in the State office how impressed I was with them. Kyle and Jessica Wade have a custom cattle grazing, feeding, and calving operation, they were selected to serve a two-year term on AFBF’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. That committee plans YF&R programs and events. It's a huge deal for them and the Idaho Farm Bureau.

The Idaho and American YF&R programs are designed to help develop the next generation of leaders in the ag industry by offering them opportunities to network and sharpen their public speaking and problem-solving skills during competitions and other events.

So at this point, we’re thinking…wow this little state has three Idahoans on the National Board…

We’re sending them the best and brightest, we not only produce the biggest and best potatoes, but the biggest, and brightest minds…and you’d think that's a great haul, but it's only the start…in competitions, Idahoans really came through:

That's the YF&R discussion meet…this was the 4th round, the final four…

Ricks has a good day—she takes home a Ford pickup..and the Idaho Farm Bureau wins too because one of our own wins another national discussion meet.

Then there’s the Ag Innovation challenge…an Idaho company, just farm members have an idea, start a company and make it to the final 4.I did this story:

A couple of things about the Idaho Farm Bureau, the members are hard-working and you’ll never hear the word can’t. A lot of overachievers and there’s a lot of youth in this organization. This truly is the little Farm Bureau that can.

Thanks for listening…for the voice of Idaho Agriculture, I'm Jake Putnam

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