If you are planning to attend the Idaho Rangeland Conservation Partnership annual meeting, you will hear a number of LIA graduates that are on the program: Dustin Miller, Class 28, Wendy Pratt, Class 35, Codie Martin, Class 29, and LIA Affiliate Member, Representative Laurie Lickley. The event took place on January 15.
Congratulations to Sandy Porter, Class 34, who was recently named, "Educator of the Year" by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Sandy is an instructor at Treasure Valley Community College where she has taught the past 11 years. Sandy received her degree from the University of Idaho.
Terry Kramer, Class 19, was recently recognized in the Twin Falls community for his 12 years of service as a Twin Falls County Commissioner. Congratulations, Terry, and thanks for your dedication.
Sarah Baker, Class 34, received a Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. Sarah is a Custer County Associate Extension Professor for the University of Idaho.
John Zietz, Class 34, was re-elected secretary/treasurer of the National Sunflower Association Board of Directors. John current works as seed origination manager for Cargill Agriculture Supply Chain of North America and resides in West Fargo, North Dakota.
Congratulations to Neil Durrant, Class 34, who received the Young Farmer and Rancher Excellence in Agriculture Award at the Idaho Farm Bureau meeting in December.
Congratulations to Tom Mosman, Class 9, and to Matt Dorsey, Class 29, who were elected to the Idaho Farm Bureau Board of Directors at the annual Idaho Farm Bureau meeting.
Governor Brad Little recently appointed John Chatburn, Class 16, as administrator of the Office of Energy and Mineral Resources for the state of Idaho.
Joe Anderson, Class 22, from Lewiston, was presented one of the University of Idaho CALS Distinguished Service Alumni Awards. Joe continues to work on his farming operation in the Genesee area.
There were too many LIA graduates to begin to count the number that were present for the Governor's Inauguration in early January. It was great to see so many LIA alumni who wanted to witness the ceremony and the processional of the governor, state leaders and legislators. It was a great reunion of LIA folks, and everyone seemed to dress the part and practiced their best etiquette for the events.
Do you like to golf? The LIA Golf Committee, led by Chairman Edie Nunes, Class 32, is looking for ten new members. If you would like to be part of this committee and help plan, coordinate and execute the event, to be held on June 7 in the Magic Valley, please contact Kendra Dustin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rick Waitley at email@example.com and we will pass your name along to Edie for the next conference call of the committee.
LIA Gala and Auction: We are starting to collect the names of individuals who will prepare a fancy dessert for the LIA Auction on Thursday, February 28. If you can help us out with a fancy dessert, please send your name to Rick Waitley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Terry Lee, Class 29, who was elected president of the Idaho Weed Control Association at their annual conference on Wednesday, January 16.
Congratulations to Jennifer Wallace, Class 12, who was recently named by the Idaho Business Review as one of their "2019 Women of the Year". Jennifer is currently director of the Palouse Habitat for Humanity. At the time that she participated in LIA, Jennifer was a staff member with Senator Dirk Kempthorne.
Congratulations to Brad Hoaglun, Class 16. Brad has recently been named director of corporate communications for Mission Aviation Fellowship based in Nampa, Idaho. Brad, most recently, has been employed at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise in the communications department.
Congratulations to Terry Ketterling, Class 9, who was presented a special Founder's Award by Amalgamated Sugar Company recently. Terry is past chairman of the board for Snake River Sugar Company and is engaged in a family dairy and farming operation in Mountain Home.
Congratulations to Josh Tewalt, Class 22, who was named by Governor-Elect Brad Little to serve as director of the Idaho Department of Correction. Josh had served as deputy director a few years ago and will now be returning to the department as director.
Congratulations to the following alumni elected in November as county commissioners: Viki Purdy, Class 16 - Adams County; Roger Clark, Class 13 - Jefferson County; Elt Hasbrouck, Class 17 - Valley County. In addition, Leslie Van Beek, the wife of Dale Van Beek, Class 10, was elected commissioner in Canyon County.
Congratulations to Matt Mosman, Class 34, who recently was elected as president of the Idaho Grain Growers Association. Matt farms in the Nezperce area.
Alex Reed, Class 35, recently was elected president of the Twin Falls County Farm Bureau.
Avery Robertson, Class 39, recently was promoted to loan officer at the Blackfoot office of Idaho AgCredit.
At the Idaho Ag in the Classroom Annual Meeting in late November, several LIA alumni were honored. Matt Dorsey, Class 29, and Kristie Dorsey, Class 35, were presented with AITC Ag Advocate Awards along with Linda Rider, Class 22, andRick Phillips, Class 1. Elected to serve on the Ag in the Classroom Association Board of Directors were Brad Griff, Class 36, Heidi Martin, Class 28, and Leah Clark, Class 26. Retiring from the board of directors after serving for many years were Darrell Bolz, Class 7, and Kristie Dorsey, Class 35.
Megan Paez, Class 35, and her husband, Ivan, welcomed a new son, Noah, into their home on November 19, 2018, who arrived a few weeks early in order to enjoy the holidays. Noah will be looked after by his big sister, Ava, who is ecstatic about having a baby brother.
Northwest Farm Credit Services honored the forty years of leadership provided by Idaho President Blair Wilson, Class 11, with a special open house and banquet on the evening of November 29. Blair will continue under contract with NWFCS to handle some responsibilities in Idaho related to specific projects.
Northwest Farm Credit Services featured a recent article in Yields magazine about veterans who are returning to a farming career. The selected farmer in Idaho wasGreg Branson, Class 23, who farms on the Camas Prairie. Greg served in the U.S. Army where he was a heavy-vehicle mechanic in a Patriot missile unit and did one tour to the Middle East. When Greg returned to Idaho, he secured an agri-business degree from the University of Idaho and has been running the family farm with his wife, Jen, for the past ten years. Congratulations Greg, and thanks for your service to our country and to Idaho agriculture.
The Idaho Cooperative Council recently merged with the councils in Oregon and Washington, and a new board of directors was elected. Jim McCall, Class 24, was elected as one of the three representatives from Idaho. Jim serves on the board for Valley Wide Cooperative and farms in the Rupert area with his son. Rick Waitley, Class 8, has served as the executive director of the organization for 39 years.
Congratulations to Candi Fitch, Class 28, who is celebrating 25 years of service to the Idaho-Oregon Fruit and Vegetable Association and the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee on Thursday, December 6. A special open house is being held to honor the occasion.
If you would like to be added to the LIA Auction Committee and have not been a member in the past, please send your name to Rick Waitley (email@example.com). The next meeting of the committee is scheduled for Monday, December 17, at 2:30 PM at the AMG office in Meridian or you can call in if we know in advance that you want to serve on the committee.
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