named an Ag All-Star
Ninety legislators were named Ag All Stars by Food Producers of Idaho based upon their voting records on selected pieces of legislation in the 2016 Idaho Legislative Session. The legislators were honored at a recognition banquet at the beginning of the 2017 Session.
Food Producers of Idaho, representing over 45 different agriculture commodity and farm organizations in Idaho, annually honors legislators for their voting record on issues supported or opposed by the organization. According to Rick Waitley, Executive Director, the first year a legislator is honored, the award is an Ag License plate that reads, “AL STR”. Each year after the initial award, a smaller plate with that year engraved is presented to each honoree.
Ag All Star legislators are important to Idaho’s agriculture and natural resource industries. The award has been presented for the last sixteen legislative sessions. Every topic that is identified as a tracked issue by the Food Producers organization may be an issue that will be used on the organization’s scorecard at the end of the session. The following were recognized as 2016 Food Producers of Idaho
The Ag All Stars included District 7 Senator Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood and District 7 Representative Shannon McMillan of Silverton.
The event was held at The Red Lion Hotel Downtowner in Boise, with over 160 legislators, industry representatives and guests present. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture Idaho Preferred Program coordinated an All Idaho Banquet for the occasion, featuring Idaho agriculture products.