December 20, 2005

Crapo Details Idaho Farm Bill Meetings

Senator, staff will take comment at 21 state events during January

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and his staff will host 21 meetings statewide next month to hear comments from Idahoans about the 2007 Farm Bill. This is the second consecutive time that Crapo, who chairs a Senate Agriculture subcommittee on rural issues, has held statewide meetings on federal programs in advance of Congress adopting a Farm Bill. The Idaho Farm Bureau is co-sponsoring the Farm Bill meetings, and representatives of federal and state farm agencies are also expected to attend many of the meetings. Participants are encouraged to sign in, keep remarks under five minutes, and offer written testimony if possible to allow greater participation in the meetings.â??These meetings will offer a chance to discuss the various titles of the Farm Bill dealing with Conservation, Energy, Commodities, Research, Trade, Rural Development, and Credit issues. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss related issues, such as plans before the World Trade Organization to reduce farm subsidies and the bill Iâ??ve introduced to update the Endangered Species Act,â?? Crapo said. Senator Crapoâ??s Idaho Farm Bill Hearings:January 38:00 a.m. Sandpointâ??Sandpoint Ranger Station, 1500 U.S. Highway 211:00 a.m. Post Fallsâ??U of I Research Park, 721 Lochsa Street8:00 p.m. Caldwellâ??Canyon County Courthouse, 1115 Albany StreetJanuary 4Noon Goodingâ??Toponis Restaurant, 413 Main StreetJanuary 101:00 p.m. Potlatchâ??Scenic 6 Park Community Hall, 125 Highway 67:00 p.m. Geneseeâ??Senior Citizen Center, 140 East WalnutJanuary 119:00 a.m. Lewistonâ??Idaho Fish & Game Offices, 1540 Warner7:00 p.m. Craigmontâ??City Hall, 109 East MainJanuary 121:30 p.m. Weiserâ??Vendome Center, 309 State StreetJanuary 137:00 p.m., Burleyâ??City Council Chambers, 1401 Overland StreetJanuary 14 11:00 a.m. Blackfootâ??Potato Expo, 130 N.W. Main Street3:00 p.m. Rexburgâ??City Hall, 12 N. Center StreetJanuary 169:30 a.m. Arcoâ??Arco-Butte Business Center, 159 N. Idaho Street, Arco1:30 p.m. Haileyâ??Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres Road7:00 p.m. Twin Fallsâ??Depot Grill, 545 Shoshone StreetJanuary 179:30 a.m. American Fallsâ??City Hall, 550 N. Oregon TrailJanuary 188:00 a.m. Pocatelloâ??ISU Potato School, ISU Student Union Building1:30 p.m. Maladâ??Malad City Hall, 59 Bannock6:00 p.m. Soda Springsâ??Enderâ??s Café, 76 South Main StreetJanuary 1910:00 a.m. Challisâ??Public Lands Center, BLM Conference Rm., 1206 S. Challis St.2:30 p.m. Salmonâ??Salmon City Council Chambers, 200 Main Street.Crapoâ??s schedule will not allow him to attend every meeting; his State Director of Agriculture, Don Dixon, will host the meetings that the Senator can not attend. At present, Crapo will host the meetings in Sandpoint, Post Falls, Caldwell, Gooding, Burley, Blackfoot, and Rexburg.