Congratulations to Maryellen, Class 43 and husband Zach Zeise on the birth of their daughter Charley River on May 9. Maryellen is employed at Root Ag Advisory in Boise.
Congratulations to Jace, Class 40, and spouse Micah Johnson on the birth of Poppy Day, on July 6. Poppy weighed 8 lbs and 15 oz. She will join five older brothers and sisters. Jace is employed at Mart Produce in Rupert.
The 6th Annual LIA Golf Scramble was a tremendous success! Thanks to all who came down to tee it up at Canyon Springs Golf Course in Twin Falls on Friday June 9. We couldn't have done it without our presenting sponsors AgWest Farm Credit, Valley Wide Cooperative, Burks Tractor Co, Famous Idaho Potatoes (IPC), and all the hole sponsors!
Unique highlights included Fries on Fourteen with the McCain Foods and Idaho Potato Commission crew, as well as a fun Silent Auction item featuring customer golf balls with none other than Mr. Waitley’s face displayed.
All in all we were able to raise a great amount of money for the LIA Foundation!
1st Place - J.R. Simplot Company - Hosted by Andy Kaler, LIA Board of Trustees member
2nd Place- Grant 4-D Farms – Hosted by Brogan Parkin, Class 43
3rd Place - Basin Wide Water - Hosted by Corbin Knowles, Class 43
We will see you next year! Mark your calendars for Friday, June 7, 2024.
Malia Miller, Class 36 & Nate McBride, Class 42, LIA Golf Scramble Co-Chairs
Karma Metzler Fitzgerald, Class 41, is attending the Women Deliver Conference in Kigali, Rwanda this month (July). Karma is part of a delegation from Revolutionary Woman Global, a world-wide leadership development organization for women. While in Africa, Karma will meet with over 6000 women from around the world working on women’s issues and rural health care.
Taylor Grant, Class 35, has been nominated to serve on the Alliance for Potato Research and Education (APRE) board of directors. APRE is dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of the role potatoes play in promoting the health of all people. Taylor’s practical experience working at Grant 4-D Farms, serving on the Potatoes USA Board of Directors, and involvement in other industry specific roles will enhance work with other leaders to help advance APRE’s mission and the potato industry.
Congratulations to Jim, Class 29, and his wife Kathy Miller. Their veterinary clinic in Moscow, Palouse Animal Wellness and Surgery Center, was named Small Business of the Month by Senator Jim Risch earlier this year. Senator Risch, member and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship announced the recognition. Kathy is a graduate of WSU in the School of Veterinary medicine and Jim plays an important role at the clinic and has maintained his accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association for the past decade.
We are sending get well wishes to Pat Purdy, Class 30, who had hip replacement surgery on July 17. Pat is involved in production agriculture at Purdy Enterprises and Picabo Livestock Company.
Travis Jones, Class 28, has been selected to serve as Executive Director of the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts (IASCD) in Idaho. Travis will be working with the 50 soil and water conservation districts throughout the state. Chairman of the IASCD board of directors is Devin Fielding, Class 40. Travis is employed with the firm of Riley, Stegner and Associates in Boise.
Dale Lish, Class 26, has recently been named interim director for the USDA Rural Development agency in Idaho. Dale has served as deputy director and has worked for Rural Development for the past 32 years. He is a graduate of Utah State University where he earned a BS in agriculture education and business. Dale currently resides in Blackfoot.
Recently two tours were held with Idaho Ag in the Classroom. Thanks to the following LIA Alumni who helped to educate the teachers in attendance about the role they play in Idaho agriculture: Jarom Jemmett, Class 39; Brad McIntyre, Class 29; Allison Jenkins, Class 43; Duane Grant, Class 2; Taylor Grant, Class 35; Nate McBride, Class 42; Blake Matthews, Class 36; Jace Johnson, Class 40; Leland Tiegs, Class 4; and Jason Thomas, Class 43.
Travis Lammers, Class 34, has recently been named to the Minidoka Fair Board and also to serve as assistant superintendent of the swine department at the county fair. Travis is employed by AgWest Farm Credit in Burley.
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