AMG Capitol Review - March 23, 2018


2016 AMG Legislative Summary


The 2nd Regular Session of the 63rd Idaho Legislature convened on January 11 and adjourned on March 25 around noon. The legislature had met for a total of 75 days. During that time there were 831 pieces of legislation introduced with both houses passing 379 bills. During the 2016 Session, AMG lobbyists attended all meetings of the Ag Lobbyist group (each Tuesday) and represented clients at Food Producers of Idaho meetings (each Wednesday).  Food Producers of Idaho hosted invited legislators for lunch each Wednesday. These lunches provided an opportunity to get to know legislators and for legislators to gain a better understanding of Idaho agriculture and the groups involved in our industry. Benjamin Kelly participated in the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI) weekly legislative meetings representing Idaho Cooperative Council.


The groups we lobbied for during the 2016 Session included:

Rick Waitley/Benjamin Kelly/Nic Gibson:

Food Producers of Idaho  Idaho Honey Industry Association
Idaho Alfalfa & Clover Seed Growers Assoc Idaho Weed Control Association
Idaho Cooperative Council, Inc. Nezperce Prairie Grass Growers Ass oc.
Idaho Hay and Forage Association Northwest Farm Credit Services

Roger Batt:

Idaho Eastern Oregon Seed Association Pacific Seed Association
Idaho Grape Growers & Wine Producers Sawtooth Law Offices
Idaho Heartland Coalition Treasure Valley Water Users Association
Idaho Mint Growers Association  Western Equipment Dealers Association
Idaho Seed Pesticide Council


AG ECONOMIC OUTLOOK:  On January 8, University of Idaho agricultural economist Garth Taylor gave the annual agriculture forecast to lawmakers for 2015. The forecast looked at the past year, made conclusions for the 4th quarter in the calendar year for budgeting purposes and gave lawmakers a good handle on how 2015 fared for agriculture.  Read more...

Weed Free Hay and Straw Questions: The person designated at ISDA for questions related to weed free hay and straw is Dan Safford. Dan can be reached by email or by phone at: 332-8592 (office) or 880-5584 (cell).

New Weed Video - Elwood the Elk:
The Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign under the leadership of Roger Batt, State Coordinator, has developed a new children's video dealing with noxious weeds. The short (less than 12 minute) video will feature "Elwood the Elk" helping children learn about noxious weeds and how they can help to control weeds where they live and play. The video is being sponsored by a number of agencies and organizations. The video is excellent for elementary teachers.  Receive a copy by calling 1-866-IDWEEDS.



For updates on Idaho legislation that impacts agriculture and natural resource issues in Idaho, please visit the Food Producers of Idaho webpage at