Idaho Farm Bureau Policies for 2003by Idaho Farm Bureau Foundation
Idaho Farm Bureau Quarterly, February, 2003
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NATURAL RESOURCES - ENERGY -
We encourage canal companies and irrigation districts to adopt hydro projects to generate power for sale. However, we do not support the construction of hydro power generation facilities solely for the purpose of committing power to other areas.
We oppose any deregulation, reorganization, merger or consolidation of power generation or transmission which could result in loss of water rights, less service or increase rates.
We support wind generation or any economically feasible source of power generation.
We support the addition of wind generated electrical energy when it can be used to supplement existing generation. We support legislation and/or policy to change the compensation schedule currently paid by utility companies from a monthly net metering pay allowance to an annual net metering pay allowance.
We support the establishment of methane power generators that use plant and/or animal residue, or logging slash.
We strongly support the generating of electicity by nuclear power, using new technology such as the Pebble Bed Reactor.
We support the availability of low cost fuels for the operation of farms and ranches. We support the promotion and use of ethanol and other alternative fuels made from agricultural products.
We support implementation of state renewable fuel standard which encourages the utilization of ethanol as an oxygenate to replace MTBE in reformulated gasoline.
NATURAL RESOURCES - EASMENTS -
NATURAL RESOURCES - FISH AND WILDLIFE -
A species cannot be listed as endangered before the species critical habitat is identified. A specific site assessment or recovery plan must be adopted in order to protect landowners property rights.
We support revision of the Endangered Species Act so that preservation of agricultural practices, mining and timbering is a priority.
Threatened or endangered species shall be given no priority over other uses and/or rights.
Hatchery fish and wild fish should be treated the same under the Endangered Species Act. Hatchery fish should be counted toward recovery of the species. We support eliminating the marking of hatchery fish.
We oppose the introduction of the wolf and grizzly bear into federal/state and private lands in Idaho. We believe that introduction and reintroduction of any predator must be approved by the state legislature. We fear for the safety and welfare of all families and children in the State of Idaho.
We support the right of landowners to protect themselves, their families, livestock and properties from all predators including grizzly bears and wolves without legal retaliation.
We urge Congress to seek depredation funding for losses or damage resulting from endangered species and mandate responsibility to deal with such losses.
Since the wolf has flourished in Idaho and existing numbers are now closely approaching the USFWS's goals, we support delisting of the wolf with the intent of opening a permit hunt on wolves.
We oppose road closures and land and water use restrictions in the name of critical habitat.
No critical habitat designation will be allowed until it has been established without any doubt that the species in question is actually present and that endangered or threatened status is actually warranted. The agency, organization, or individual requesting the critical habitat designation must bear the cost of proving presence of the species and this must be done through the use of the best available peer reviewed science.
We believe that the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) authority ends where the ocean ends and the NMFS have no authority over endangered species in the state of Idaho.
We oppose implementation of the endangered species pesticide labeling program, other than in critical habitat.
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