Sympathy is extended to Justin Place, Class 37, in the recent passing of his father. Justin and his sons are involved in a farming operation at Hamer, Idaho.
Slow recovery, but good progress is being made by Dave Bjorneberg, Class 23, following a recent surgery. Dave plans to return to work at the USDA Research Service in Kimberly this week.
Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated for Reagon Hatch, Class 14, who recently suffered a stroke. Reagon has been in Boise at St. Luke's hospital, but is scheduled to return to the Magic Valley for therapy as he continues his battle against cancer. Reagon was honored at the Twin Falls County Fair for his involvement in the Magic Valley Dairy Heifer Program. He has been in a role of leadership with that program since 1996.
Sympathy and prayers are extended to Jeremy Falk, Class 36, in the sudden and unexpected passing of his father. Jeremy's family lives in Ohio. Jeremy will return to his teaching assignments at the U of I following his time with family for the memorial service.
Over 80 LIA alumni, spouses, and family members attended the Treasure Valley LIA BBQ on August 29 at the home of Rick and Dorita Waitley. Thanks to everyone who came to enjoy the great food and fellowship. Bob Hays, Class 28, provided the BBQ trailer and served great BBQ burgers, hot dogs, brats, and sausages. Bob was assisted by his wife, Becky; LIA Trustee Kip Dennis, Class 19; and John Mundt, a longtime friend of LIA.
Dr. John Foltz, Class 12, has recently accepted a position as Head of the Department of Animal Science at his alma mater, Ohio State University. John will be leaving Idaho in September, having served at U of I as a professor, Associate Dean, Dean, and most recently, Special Assistant to the President. This move to Ohio will allow John to live closer to family members.
The LIA Board of Trustees has their work cut out for them as they start to work through the pile of 44 applications for the 30 positions in LIA Class 38. Thanks to many LIA alumni who recruited, wrote letters of recommendation, and encouraged individuals to apply. The class will be announced following the selection on
The Idaho Ag Summit Governor Awards Committee met recently and selected the individuals for the five categories of Governor Awards. Drew Eggers, Class 12, was selected in the category of Lifetime Achievement and will be recognized at the Ag Summit on February 20 in Boise.
Deb Kauffman, wife of State Representative Clark Kauffman, Class 13, walked away from County Government in Twin Falls County with a happy "retirement smile" after serving the past several years as County Treasurer with over 20 total years of service to the County. Deb will find plenty to fill her time as a wife of a State Representative and active farmer.
Shane Robins, Class 35, his wife, Jamie, and family recently relocated from Idaho to West Jordan, UT, where Shane will be working for Intermountain Wood Flooring out of Salt Lake City. Shane had been employed at Big D Ranch in Meridian.
Leah Clark, Class 26, has recently been named to the Ada County Farm Bureau Board of Directors as a representative of the Women's Committee. Leah is employed full time in the Idaho Preferred program at ISDA.
A Celebration of Life service for Dr. Samantha Ramsay, Class 35, will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 11:00 AM, at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church (1036 W. A St., Moscow, ID). Everyone is welcome to attend and share memories of Samantha.
In early September, Jeremey Varley, Class 35, will begin a new position as the Ag Section Manager for Invasive Species and Noxious Weeds at the ISDA in Boise. Jeremey has been serving as the Lemhi County Weed Superintendent.
Due to low enrollment, the 2017 Fall Washington, D.C., Experience has been cancelled. Once the Congressional schedule is known for the spring, dates will be set for the 2018 D.C. Experience.
The phone rang on August 9 with great news from Jim Hudson, Class 34! He was reporting that he had undergone a successful kidney transplant on Monday, August 7. Jim and his daughter - who is his caregiver during this time - will be staying in the Seattle area for the next few weeks to be sure there are no signs of rejection. Jim is still serving as President of Idaho Water Users Association.
Greg Curtis, Class 31, recently walked his daughter down the aisle for her wedding. Congratulations to Greg and Joann, the proud parents! Greg is the manager of Nampa and Meridian Irrigation District.
Go Lead Idaho, a professional women's organization, recently hired Kyra Gibson, Class 35, as their first Executive Director. Kyra owns a consulting business that does association management.
Selection of LIA Class 38 will take place on Friday, September 8. We have an excellent pool of candidates. Thanks to all alumni who have helped to recruit for the class. It will be a challenge to select the top 30!
Dan Goicoechea, Class 16, has recently been hired by Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra as her Deputy for Governmental Affairs. Dan has been serving as chief deputy for the Idaho State Controller's office, a position he has held with the previous two state controllers.
Congratulations to Lynn Bachman, Class 31, on his recent election as President of the Owyhee Cattlemen's Association. Lynn ranches in the Bruneau area.
Dr. Chris McIntosh, Class 17, was recently named interim Department Chairman for the U of I CALS Department of Economics and Rural Sociology in Moscow. Chris has been a professor in the department for a number of years. He has worked closely with students and Food Producers of Idaho for the annual U of I Ag Econ Public Policy tour held each year during the legislature.
Please remember in your thoughts and prayers Kellen Mondor, four year old son of AJ Mondor, Class 36, who is facing a surgery later this month. Kellen was born with a condition called severe hypospadias. This requires trips to Spokane for surgeries, something he has done every six months since he was born.
Attention Treasure Valley LIA Alumni!
Remember to call the office (208-888-0988) to RSVP for the BBQ Potluck at the Waitley home on Tuesday, August 29, at 6:30 PM. Families are welcome to attend! More information will be coming to you electronically.