Congratulations to David Perry, Class 30, whose daughter was married on December 28. David is the Sr. Director of Research & Development at the Glanbia Cheese Innovation Center where Class 38 visited in December.
Congratulations to AJ Mondor, Class 36, who assumed the position of Canyon County Weed Superintendent on January 29. AJ previously had been employed by the Idaho Department of Lands.
Congratulations to Jeff Hartman, Class 34, who married Megan on January 27 at Tamarack Resort in Donnelly. Jeff continues his employment with Hartman Farms in Parma.
Doug Hoffman, Class 5, has retired from Wilco Farmers where he has served as CEO for the past 23 years. Hoffman has invested a total of 42 years working for cooperatives. When Doug went through LIA, he was the General Manager of Consumer's Cooperative in Weiser. He has been active in the formation of the REAL Oregon program and plans to spend time on humanitarian efforts through Mercy Inc. working in poor countries of the world.
Retiring on January 2 was Jo Lynne Seufer, Class 18, from USDA Risk Management Agency in Spokane, WA. Jo Lynne worked for the agency for 36 years serving on a variety of national, regional and local teams. She plans to hike, bike, cross-country ski, and swim as well as have her husband, Shawn, teach her to golf.
Bret Rumbeck, Class 32, has recently expanded his role at Blue Cross of Idaho. Bret had been a marketing/communication specialist for the insurance company and has now assumed responsibilities in the government-affairs arena. Bret formerly had worked for the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts.
Congratulations to Nic Gibson, Class 37, who was recently elected to the Liberty Ministries, Inc. Board of Directors which oversees the operations of a gospel quartet group who performs approximately 160 concerts per year across the U.S. Nic handles the marketing and social media activities for the quartet.
Sympathy is extended to Launa Fowler, Class 32, on the recent passing of her grandmother. Launa is employed at TLK Dairy in Mountain Home.
At the annual meeting of the Nezperce Prairie Grass Growers Association, Greg Branson, Class 23, was elected President of the association. Benjamin Kelly, Class 29, serves as the Executive Director.
LIA Trustee Julie Pipal, Class 18, has assumed the last name of her husband and is now Julie Eavenson. Julie is employed by the Idaho State Bureau of Licensing in Boise.
Congratulations to Kyra Gibson, Class 35, and Nic Gibson, Class 37, on the birth of their daughter, Hadley, on Saturday, January 27. This congratulation extends to Auntie Kendra Dustin, Class 32, and Grandpa Rick, Class 8, and Grandma Dorita Waitley.
Class 38 selected the following five individuals to speak before the Governor in February:
Megan Snyder, Nezperce
Marty Lux, Nezperce
Siska Reece, Melba
Scott Leibsle, Boise
Michelle Gooding, Parma
Kelly Olson, Class 16, has announced her pending retirement later this year.Rich Garber, Class 2, is heading the search committee for Kelly's replacement as Administrator of the Idaho Barley Commission. Below is the job announcement with application information.
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT, FEBRUARY 1, 2018
ADMINISTRATOR - IDAHO BARLEY COMMISSION
The Idaho Barley Commission is seeking applications from qualified individuals for the position of Administrator. The position is located in either Boise, Idaho or Idaho Falls, Idaho. Minimum requirements include: Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of five years' experience in a related field, or a minimum of 10 years' experience with cereal grains. Applicants should demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:
Salary for this position is negotiable, depending on qualifications. Applications should include a cover letter detailing qualifications in all of the stipulated areas above, resume and list of references or reference letters. Applications be submitted to Mr. Richard Garber, firstname.lastname@example.org and arrive no later than February 23, 2018. Applicants may find more details on the Administrator responsibilities on the IBC website at www.barley.idaho.gov.
The Idaho Barley Commission is an equal opportunity employer.
Sympathy and support is extended to the family of Roger Clark, Class 13, in the passing of his mother in mid-December. The week prior, Roger had supported the family in the loss of his mother-in-law. Adam Clark, Class 38, is Roger's son and also lost both grandmothers in a two-week period.
Congratulations to Carly Schoepflin, Class 34, who has been named Director of Communication and Strategic Initiatives for the University of Idaho College of Ag and Life Sciences. Carly grew up on a family farm near Great Falls, Montana. For the past five years, she has been serving CALS as Alumni and Donor Relations Manager.
Congratulations to Jen Root, Class 35, who has been promoted to Senior Director of Development for the College of Ag and Life Sciences. Jen had been serving as Director of Development.
Congratulations to Richard Durrant, Class 9, who has recently been elected Ada County Farm Bureau President. Neil Durrant, Class 34, serves on the Board of Directors along with Leah Clark, Class 26.
Christmas will be exciting for Nathan Groth, Class 37, and his family as they celebrate in their newly built home in Troy. Nathan continues his employment with CHS Primeland.
Candi Fitch, Class 28, was elected president of Food Producers of Idaho at their annual meeting held on December 13. Candi works for a number of commodity organizations.
At the 2017 annual meeting of Idaho Ag in the Classroom, Stephanie Etter, Class 26, was elected president of the Board of Directors, Candi Fitch, Class 28, was elected vice president and Jim Lowe, Class 31, was elected secretary/treasurer.
Congratulations to Crystal Wilson, Class 36, who was named one of the recipients of Idaho Business Review's Women of the Year for 2018.
The LIA Board of Trustees, two representatives from the LIA Succession Committee, and selected former trustees met on December 11-12 for a strategic planning session with facilitator Dr. David Alexander. Board of Trustees Chairman RoLynne Hendricks, Class 33, stated that the time and talent invested in the process was greatly appreciated and that the plan will be significant for the future of LIA.
The new director of the Idaho Department of Commerce is Bobbi Jo Meuleman. She had been presented with the LIA Friend of the Industry Award in 2016. Ms. Meuleman is from Montana and came to Idaho after working on Capitol Hill for a Montana senator.
LIA alumni coming to the 2018 Idaho Ag Summit Legislative Strolling Dinner on Monday night, February 19, will need to plan to attend the event at the Boise Centre. This new venue provides greater space for the event. The Larry Branen Idaho Ag Summit and the Governor's luncheon will be held at the Red Lion the next day, February 20. More information on this event available at www.idahoagsummit.org.
Patxi Larrocea-Phillips will be working out of the AMG office serving as a legislative intern for Food Producers of Idaho for the 2018 session. Patxi is a senior law student with the University of Idaho College of Law (Boise campus). Patxi is the son of Flip Phillips, Class 3, and Susi Larrocea, Class 4.