Congratulations to Laura Wilder, Class 38, who has recently been named administrator of the Idaho Barley Commission. Laura will be filling the shoes of Kelly Olson, Class 16, who will be looking at some retirement opportunities early this summer. Laura has been serving as the executive director of the Idaho FFA Foundation.
Speaking of FFA, three LIA alumni conducted the training for the new Idaho State FFA officer team on April 16. Rick Waitley, Class 8, Benjamin Kelly, Class 29, and Kyra Gibson, Class 35, met with the six new state officers to jump-start their year of leadership for Idaho FFA.
Congratulations to Will Ricks, Class 27, who was elected president of the Idaho Hay and Forage Association and to Ben McIntyre, Class 29, who was elected vice president of the same association. Both are active hay and forage producers in their area.
Congratulations to Mark Zacharisen, Class 17, whose daughter, Amber, was recently married to Kolby Overstreet. Zach and his wife, Karen, reside in Colton, WA, where Zach is employed by CHS Primeland as an agronomist.
Jim Miller, Class 29, has had many changes in his life recently. Jim was named by the LIA Advisory Committee to fill a one-year position on the board of trustees formerly held by Nate Fowler, Class 33, who elected not to seek another term based upon his involvement in his job at Rock Harbor Church. Jim also was recently named as the director of development and capital project analyst for the University of Idaho College of Ag and Life Sciences. Jim and his wife, Kathy, live in Moscow where Jim will be employed. Jim has been at CHS Primeland for a number of years in a variety of positions.
Congratulations to Eric Odberg, Class 11, and his family who recently had their farm in Genesee, Idaho, named as a Century Farm. The farm has been in the same family since 1894. Eric currently grows wheat, barley, garbanzo beans and canola on 2,200 acres.
LIA Directory Update: Soon we will begin the process of updating of the LIA Alumni Directory. The directory is a great resource of information for members, alumni and friends who need to continue to build their network of LIA contacts. For the most part, the update is completed electronically. Thanks to those who always work to keep us informed of changes to their status and information.
Sympathy is extended to Megan Snyder, Class 38, on the recent passing of her grandmother.
The Snake River Stampede Calf Scramble Committee is provided excellent leadership by David Temple, Class 26, and his wife, Becky Temple, Class 29, who are joined with Craig Lindquist, Class 31, and his wife Robin Lindquist, Class 21. David Temple also serves as chairman of the Snake River Stampede Board of Directors.
The LIA Trustees met on Monday, April 30. At that time, the following decisions were made related to LIA operations: membership dues for 2018-2019 will be $50.00 per individual, $75.00 for couples if both have graduated from LIA, and lifetime memberships will be $1000.00 with the option of a payment plan still available.
Applications for LIA Class 39 are due by August 1. Tuition for the class is $2500.00 plus travel and lodging. Remember, applicants must reach their 26th birthday before the first session in Moscow in November. Applications are available online and from the office. Please help us to spread the word for an excellent pool of candidates for this year's class.
Congratulations to Justin Place, Class 37, named the Jefferson County "Farmer of the Year". Justin was presented the award at the Rigby Chamber of Commerce and Farmers Merchant Award Banquet in early March.
Congratulations to Hannah Malson, Class 38, and her husband Joe on the birth of Odessa Lee on Thursday, April 5, weighing in at 8 lbs. 1 oz. and 21.5" long. Hannah will take some time away from her work with Agri Beef as she shares special times with Odessa.
Congratulations to Dale Van Beek, Class 10, and wife Leslie on the election of their son, Harrison Van Beek, as Idaho State FFA Vice President at the recent FFA convention in Twin Falls. The LIA Foundation sponsored a table at a banquet called Friends of Idaho FFA. Participants at the table from LIA were: Roger Stutzman, Class 15, and wife Mary; Terry Helms, Class 19, and wife Danielle; Jim Patrick, Class 15, and wife Afton and Rick Pearson, Class 21, and wife Susan. Several LIA alumni served as judges for various contests and events at the State FFA event which attracted over 1500 FFA members and guests.
Recently, more than 1800 postcards were mailed to nominated individuals for future LIA classes. Applications for Class 39 are due on August 1 for consideration by the selection committee. Please help spread the word about this opportunity. Tuition for the class is $2,500 plus travel and lodging. An application and dates can be found online by clicking here.
Food Producers of Idaho recently named their 2018 Ag All Star Legislators based on their votes related to agriculture and natural resource issues. LIA alumni who were recognized as Ag All Stars included: Representative Marcus Gibbs, Class 4; Representative Clark Kauffman, Class 13; Representative Steve Miller, Class 29; Representative Caroline Troy, Class 15; and Senator Jim Patrick, Class 15.
Idaho Ag in the Classroom will be sponsoring "On the Road Workshops" for teachers (K-12) this summer on the following dates and locations:
Treasure Valley (Nampa): June 11-12
Burley: June 14 -15
Sandpoint: June 20-21
We encourage LIA alumni to promote the workshop to teachers in your family and to those who teach your children, encouraging them to attend. One graduate credit is available and registration can be completed online at www.idahoaitc.org.
If you are considering the Washington, DC, Experience we need to know by
Thursday at noon of this week. The following are signed up to participate in this year's event held May 13 - May 18: Britt Beene, Class 36; RoLynne Hendricks, Class 33; Jason Keller, Class 37; Benjamin Kelly, Class 29; Travis Lammers, Class 34; Treg Owings, Class 35; Abbie Quesnell, Class 38; Tony Sunseri, Class 37 and Laura Wilder, Class 38. Coordinating the tour will be Development Director, Kendra Dustin, Class 32, and Rick Waitley, Executive Director.
Be sure you have on your calendar Monday, July 9, as the 2nd Annual LIA Golf Scramble to be held at Blue Lakes Country Club in Twin Falls. The event starts at 12:00 PM. More information to follow. That evening the Magic Valley Regional Event will be at the same location for all LIA alumni, families and guests along with those who participated in the Golf Scramble - watch the Regional Events page for details.
The LIA Facebook page has been getting many visitors. One of the most popular hits on the page has been a video that shows production agriculture in progress. If you want to take the time to share a video of your farming operation and practices that might be of interest to the public, please prepare the video and send it to Nic Gibson in our office for review and consideration for the LIA Facebook page. If you have not seen the video featuring the LIA Legacy Project from the 2018 Auction, we encourage you to visit the Facebook page today and share in the story of the Durrant Family.