Early this morning, the Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee held a confirmation hearing for Soil and Water Conservation Commissioner H. Norman Wright. Chairman Steve Bair started the hearing promptly at 8:00am, and asked Commissioner Wright to share his qualifications.
Commissioner Wright is an Idaho native, a Boise State alum, and currently serves on the American Falls City Council.
“I have learned a lot on the Commission over the last year,” Wright said. “It’s different being involved, rather than observing. I was a loan officer with FSA, and as you know the SWC runs an active loan program. We have looked at ways to streamline the RCRDP loan program, and try to find more people for it to continue.”
Chairman Bair asked Commissioner Wright what has surprised him most during his service on the Commission. Commissioner Wright said he “didn’t know they had a loan program [RCRDP loan program]. It was a well-kept secret, and I don’t want the RCRDP to be a secret anymore.”
Chairman Bair thanked him for his service, and then called on the Commission and IASCD to give their annual presentation.