Idaho to Weigh in on Farm Bill


Rep. Walt Minnick and some members of the House Committee on Agriculture will be in Nampa tomorrow to hear from Idaho farmers about their needs for the 2012 Farm Bill.

The committee is touring the country in advance of congressional debate on reauthorizing the farm bill.

The following producers were chosen to testify live at the event. Minnick spokesman Dean Ferguson said the committee reached out to various sectors of Idaho ag to identify them:

Mr. Fred Brossy of Shoshone, organic wheat, bean, potato and hay producer.
Mr. Scott Brown of Soda Springs, wheat and barley producer.
Mr. Doug Gross of Wilder, potato producer.
Mr. Kelly Henggeler of Fruitland, apple, plum and peach producer and packer.
Mr. Galen Lee of New Plymouth, sugarbeet, mint, asparagus, hay, grain, corn and cattle producer.
Mr. Brian Kernohan of Coeur d' Alene, forestry.
Mr. Ron Bitner of Caldwell, winegrape producer and vintner.
Mr. Charlie Lyons of Mountain Home, cattle producer.
Mr. Adrian Boer of Jerome, dairy producer.
Ms. Cindy Siddoway of Terreton, lamb producer.

The public can submit comments as well on the official Farm Bill Feedback Form.

The hearings start at 1 p.m. on Saturday May 1 at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa in the Old Science Lecture Hall, 623 Holly Street.