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Accomplishments

2007 to Current Year

Idaho Grain Producers Association – 2016 Accomplishments

Maintained running contact with the Governor’s office, the State Department of Agriculture, Department of Environmental Quality, Idaho Fish and Game and other agencies.  Held two full board meetings, four executive board meetings, and organized a trip to Washington, D.C.  Hosted an inaugural lunch with legislators and members of the e-board.  Worked with the Idaho Barley Commission to organize and host a group of cotton farmers from the southern U.S. on a tour of Idaho agriculture.

Completed seven successful regional meetings that included growers, allied industry, University extension staff, and legislators.

In addition to a daily presence at the legislature, we kept the grain industry and our issues front and center at Food Producers of Idaho, Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry and the Idaho Council on Industry and the Environment.

Mentorship Program:  Hosted two young farmers in Washington, DC for meetings of the National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Barley Growers Association – met with our congressional delegation and officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Hosted one young farmer in Golden, CO, for NBGA’s summer meeting.

Crop Residue Burning:  Participated in negotiated rulemaking with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality on their crop residue burning program.  The outcome, which now must be approved and passed by the 2017 legislature, will raise the ozone standard and allow for more, high-quality burn days while still protecting public health.

Idaho Fish and Game:  Continuing to work to strengthen trespass penalties and make the depredation program work better for growers.  Worked to facilitate a better relationship between IGPA members and Idaho Fish and Game staff.

Crop Insurance:  Requested that the Risk Management Agency (RMA) review and change where appropriate the fall planting date in 10 central and eastern Idaho counties.

Falling Numbers:  Participated in grower meetings in Greencreek and Lewiston in response to low falling numbers in the region.  Worked with the Idaho Wheat Commission to distribute information about low falling numbers to growers.  Continuing to work with RMA to develop a more adequate safety net for quality issues with wheat, specifically falling numbers.

Transportation:  Passed legislation in the 2016 Idaho Legislative Session that allowed 129,000 lb trucks on Idaho’s interstates.  Participated in a negotiated rulemaking process with ITD to enhance truck safety for all truck weight classes.  Fighting for the Port of Lewiston and the dams on the Columbia/Snake River System.  Hosted Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel Elliott here in Idaho.

IWC Negotiated Rulemaking:  Participated in negotiated rulemaking around proposed changes to the Idaho Wheat Commission rule.

Ag Biotech:  Filed comments that asked USDA-APHIS to exclude new gene-editing technologies from the definition of biotechnology.

2018 Farm Bill:  Surveyed our members and preparing for hearings on the next Farm Bill.

Research:  Supported funding for University of Idaho College of Life Sciences wheat and barley research through the state appropriation process and for specific research proposals that have been put forward.

2015 Accomplishments

2015 Highlights Include:

  • Improving Crop Insurance. The IGPA led an effort to request that the USDA Risk Management Agency make significant changes to federal crop insurance that reflect damage from quality issues. The IGPA will continue its work to improve crop insurance to better reflect the marketplace.
  • Stopping Port Disruptions. Through the IGPA’s two national affiliates, NAWG and NBGA, new protections were added to the Act that require FGIS to provide inspection services in situations where disruptions occur. The IGPA also worked with Senator Jim Risch to introduce a separate but related bill that seeks alter the National Labor Relations Act, defining a labor slowdown by maritime workers as an unfair labor practice.
  • Repealing EPA Pesticide Permit. The IGPA requested Senator Mike Crapo to lead an effort in the U.S. Senate to repeal and EPA rule that farmers or their contracted applicators obtain a duplicative federal permit to spray chemicals in areas that could impact water quality.
  • Eliminating Waters of the U.S. Rule. The IGPA asked Rep. Mike Simpson and Sen. Mike Crapo to intervene with legislation to rollback the rule.
  • Adding Competition to Our Railroads. IGPA worked to introduce and pass Senate Bill 808, which makes several changes to rail rates and other rail policy area that the IGPA and other industries support
  • Increasing Trucking Efficiencies. The IGPA requested Congressman Simpson reintroduce legislation allowing for increased truck weight limits of up to 129,000lbs on southern Idaho’s interstate system.
  • Boosting Dollars for Grain Research & Extension. IGPA led a coalition of Idaho commodity groups in lobbying key state legislators to support the new money. With adjournment of the 2015 Idaho State Legislation session came a $1.5 million increase to the Research and Extension budget of the College of Agriculture within the University of Idaho.
  • Trade Promotion Authority. IGPA worked to ensure that Idaho’s congressional delegation supported TPA. Maintaining these critical business links and looking for ways to strengthen them is a major priority for the IGPA.
  • Resolving Open Range Disputes. After a year of working on a solution to problems between landowners and ranchers, the IGPA agreed to a Memorandum of Agreement with the Idaho Cattle Association that provides a formal joint process to addressing open range issues at the local level.
2014 Accomplishments

2014 Highlights Include:

  • Defeated efforts to increase environmental regulation impacting farmers
  • Passed a new Farm Bill that maintains a safety net for Idaho wheat and barley producers
  • Testified in the State Legislature to promote the importance to farmers of safe, accessible Idaho highways and bridges
  • Lead an effort that resulted in increased state funding for Idaho’s agriculture research and extension system
  • Passed legislation reducing the burden on landowners involving trespass regulations
  • Joined a statewide industry coalition to develop strategies to adequately and fairly fund critical highway infrastructure needs so that Idaho grain shipments are competitive
  • Established new farmer leaders in local areas while welcoming Jefferson County as an IGPA affiliate
  • Used grower dollars from our “Idaho Wheat & Barley Political Action Committee” to elect state legislators and government officials who support Idaho grain farmers
  • Collaborated with our industry partners to pursue strategies to assist growers affected by disastrous moisture during the 2014 harvest
  • Negotiated new rules that exempt farmers from DEQ regulation due to fugitive dust emissions
  • Developed the leadership skills of two new growers through the IGPA’s “Mentorship Program”
2013 Accomplishments

We work for you! Here are a few of our accomplishments posted below for your review.

  • Defended against regulatory efforts to increase water, air, and other environmental regulations;
  • Lead national efforts to pass a new Farm Bill to enhance crop insurance products, coverage and affordability;
  • Co-hosted with the Wheat Commission key Idaho legislators and the Lt. Governor on a tour of the Columbia river system and the importance of grain exports to Idaho farmers;
  • Lead an effort to increase state funding to Idaho’s agriculture research and extension system;
  • Supported legislation to allow the use of 129,000lb trucks on appropriate Idaho state routes;
  • Established new farmer leaders in many local areas while expanding our membership base and industry connections;
  • Invested in the “Idaho Wheat & Barley PAC” to assist in electing state officials who support Idaho grain farmers;
  • Created an endowed academic scholarship at BYU-Idaho for students majoring in a production ag field;
  • Increased our representation and coverage of the Idaho State Legislature with the addition of consulting firm Kestrel West
2012 Accomplishments

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  • advocating in Congress for a new Farm Bill that provides an improved and sound safety net for growers;
  • intervening in federal regulatory efforts seeking to increase water, air, and other environmental regulations on producers;
  • placing Idaho farmers within key state and federal advisory groups to tackle issues ranging from fish and wildlife, field burning, indemnity fund management, agriculture research, transportation, etc.
  • continuing to lead efforts to sustain and increase state investment to Idaho’s agriculture research and extension system, people, and programs;
  • reinvigorating farmer leadership in several local areas, and strengthening our voice with the addition of Blaine County as an IGPA affiliate;
  • investing and growing the Idaho Wheat & Barley PAC that serves to elect state candidates and officials who support Idaho grain farmers;
  • providing leadership and input on the national level through membership and involvement with the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and the National Barley Growers Association (NBGA).
2011 Accomplishments

We work for you! Here are a few of our accomplishments posted below for your review.

  • intervened in federal regulatory efforts that sought to increase water, air, and other environmental regulations on producers;
  • worked with federal agencies to improve and make more equitable federal crop insurance wheat quality discount methods;
  • lead an effort to stop state budget cuts to our state’s agriculture research and extension system, people, and programs;
  • established new grain leaders in many local areas while expanding our membership base and industry connections; (2 Idaho growers leading the national associations for wheat and barley producers)
  • worked to implement a new program allowing for small-scale burns of crop residue ;
  • halted flawed climate change legislation seeking to impose greenhouse gas regulations on producers;
  • advanced legislation to increase competition in the railroad industry to provide growers a more fair price to get grain to market ;
  • halted activist attempts to designate as endangered the Giant Palouse Earthworm;
2010 Accomplishments

We work for you! Here are a few of our accomplishments posted below for your review.

  • intervened in federal regulatory efforts that sought to increase water, air, and other environmental regulations on producers;
  • worked with federal agencies to improve and make more equitable federal crop insurance wheat quality discount methods;
  • established new grain leaders in many local areas while expanding our membership base and industry connections;
  • created a Political Action Committee to support state elected officials who support Idaho’s grain farmers;
  • worked to create a new program to ease the process necessary for growers to make small-scale burns of crop residue ;
  • halted flawed climate change legislation seeking to impose greenhouse gas regulations on producers;
  • advanced legislation to increase competition in the railroad industry to provide growers a more fair price to get grain to market ;
2009 Accomplishments

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  • defeated bills seeking to increase the federal and state tax on beer, thus disrupting barley pricing and production;
  • called for wheat quality discounts to be fair, consistent, and included in federal crop insurance indemnity factors;
  • worked with Idaho’s congressional delegation and administrative officials to implement critical Farm Bill programs;
  • advocated for fair treatment of short-haul trucking industries in negotiations regarding increased state vehicle licensing fees;
  • monitored the new Idaho field burning program and addressed grower concerns;
  • challenged federal climate change legislation that could be harmful to Idaho grain producers.
2008 Accomplishments

We work for you! Here are a few of our accomplishments posted below for your review.

  • Unparalleled leadership and representation to your national wheat and barley organizations, NAWG and the NBGA;
  • The return of field burning to farmers who were banned from the practice since January 2007;
  • A new five-year federal Farm Bill maintaining and improving farm payments, streamlining and expanding conservation programs, and including renewable energy incentives to farmers;
  • Federal crop disaster assistance for producers facing devastating crop losses due to drought in 2005, 2006, or 2007;
  • A new Farm Bill that significantly increases commodity protections for Idaho’s grain producers, while boosting renewable energy programs for biomass production;
  • An agreement allowing the resumption of field burning without threat of onerous litigation from environmental activists;
  • Federal and state funding for barley and wheat research priorities that respond to the challenges of Idaho’s grain industry;
  • Increased national attention to the anti-competitive practices of freight railroads through advancement of federal legislation;
  • Additional funding to continue the Snake River and Columbia River Channel deepening projects providing the ability to transport more grain to export markets.
2007 Accomplishments

We work for you! Here are a few of our accomplishments posted below for your review.

  • Federal crop disaster assistance for producers facing devastating crop losses due to drought in 2005, 2006, or 2007;
  • A new Farm Bill that significantly increases commodity protections for Idaho’s grain producers, while boosting renewable energy programs for biomass production;
  • More streamlined, workable, and effective conservation incentive programs;
  • An agreement allowing the resumption of field burning without threat of onerous litigation from environmental activists;
  • Federal and state funding for barley and wheat research priorities that respond to the challenges of Idaho’s grain industry;
  • Increased national attention to the anti-competitive practices of freight railroads through advancement of federal legislation;
  • Additional funding to continue the Snake River and Columbia River Channel dee