Dave Paul, Class 16, has recently joined the consulting firm of Watts and Associates in Spokane – a firm specializing in risk management innovation. The group is active nationally in farm legislation, risk management, production development and a host of other ag related initiatives. Visit their website to learn more - www.wattsandassociates.com. Dave retired this summer from his role as Director of USDA Risk Management in Spokane.
Congratulations to Adam Dirks, Class 30, and his wife, Sara, who welcomed daughter Shaye Marie into their home on Friday, October 10. Shaye entered the world weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz. and was 21” long. Everyone in the Dirk household is reportedly doing great in Ritzville, WA.
Serving as co-chairmen for LIA Class 35 will be Aaron Greenwell, Class 33, and Mark Zirschky, Class 32. While Aaron is away from the class for a few days due to a prior commitment, co-chairman Alan Martinson, Class 27, will step in to cover for him.
Speaking of Aaron Greenwell, Class 33 - Aaron is recovering from back surgery that he had on October 20 in Pocatello. We wish Aaron good days ahead without pain.
Congratulations to Mark Pratt, Class 11, and his wife, Wendy Pratt, Class 35, who are the proud parents of Seth Pratt, U of I senior named 2014 Homecoming King. Seth is a former State FFA President and National FFA Officer and has attended and spoken at prior LIA sessions.
Kendra Dustin, Class 32, serves as Fund Development Director for LIA and recently announced that Northwest Farm Credit Services will be the Presenting Sponsor for the Moscow session of LIA Class 35. The concept of having session sponsors is new, and Kendra hopes to have a sponsor in place for each location.
LIA partnered with Idaho Ag in the Classroom and Idaho FFA Foundation to sponsor the Seed Survivor Education Trailer that traveled to elementary schools in eastern Idaho and as far west as Burley. The trailer, funded by Agrium, has been travelling during the months of September and October, and will be finishing up in early November. Several LIA graduates have assisted in the educational display as instructors. Thanks to Bill Bohl, Class 14, Lisa Shively, Class 15, Robert Crawley, Class 2, and B.J. O’Doherty, Class 32, for helping students learn valuable lessons about agriculture.
Remember to vote on Tuesday, November 4! Several LIA alumni are running for local and state offices. The polls are open from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. It is your right and your opportunity to be involved in public policy!
Teri Murrison, affiliate member from the California Leadership Program, was recently appointed by Ada County Commissioners to serve on the Ada County Planning and Zoning Commission. Murrison currently serves as Administrator of the Idaho Soil & Water Conservation Commission, the position that brought her to Idaho from California.
Washington, DC Experience is scheduled for April 12 – 17. Now is the time to call Joanne at 888-0988 or send her an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and put your name on the list if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity. We have scholarship funds available to assist with expenses. Spouses can join you for the week in DC, but the size of the group is limited. Priority will be given to those in the order in which they have notified the office.
Congratulations to Kara Hurst, Class 30, and husband, Daniel, on the birth of a daughter, Madelynn, on September 1. Madelynn entered the world weighing 7 lbs. Kara says, “We are all doing great!”
Gary Steed, Class 28, and his wife, Sonya, are just returning home after spending a year and a half as missionaries on a reservation in Pinon, AZ. They have also been involved in a program that teaches families how to become self-reliant. A big focus of this program is teaching how to be successful gardeners so that families can provide for themselves. On the ‘Rez’, where diabetes is approaching 50%, providing people with alternative, healthy food choices and watching them become successful at growing their own food have been great experiences.
Wedding bells recently rang for Wendy Davenport, Class 31. Her new last name is Snyder. Wendy’s husband is from Kentucky and works in the oil fields in North Dakota. Wendy is still working as a Field Enumerator Supervisor for NASDA/NASS and a Rehabilitation Tech at the Juvenile Correction Center. Between the two of them, their family has grown to seven children. Wendy also reported that she is now a grandmother with a two-year-old granddaughter and a one-year-old grandson. Wow! Lots of life changes in that family!
LIA Trustee Jim Miller, Class 29, was recently elected to the Latah Economic Development Council Board of Directors. The LEDC is a group of business, community and university leaders dedicated to attracting and growing businesses in the Latah County and North Idaho areas.
The LIA family continues to grow as Joe Anderson, Class 22, and his wife, Cherish, announced the birth of a daughter, Rebekah Hope, on August 27. Rebekah weighed 7 lbs. and 13 oz. and was 21 inches long. Joe is employed at Bell-Anderson Insurance Agency.
Changing jobs is LIA Trustee Kyle Woods, Class 32, who is now Sales Executive/Risk Management Advisor for Associated Insurance Services, LLC., in Boise. Kyle will be serving as chairman of the LIA Alumni Auction in February. Joining Kyle will be co-chairmen recently appointed by the LIA board of trustees: Elli Brown, Class 32, and Neil Durrant, Class 34. The first meeting of the auction committee is scheduled for Friday, November 7.
Dr. Charlotte Eberlein, Class 8, has been serving as Director of the University of Idaho Extension System for the past 11 years. Charlotte has recently announced her retirement, effective the first of the year. Charlotte indicates she plans to travel and check in on some children living out of the area.
Thanks to John Zietz, Class 34, who recently shared the following website:
This site consists of 40 maps that explain Food in America. It contains some pretty interesting information and indicates some trends that reflect the industry. Class 34 dealt with Food Security which is addressed in several of the maps. Check it out for some great insights!
Intermountain Community Bank (ICB) was recently purchased by Columbia Bank out of Washington. This will impact many LIA alumni who have been employed by ICB, which is also the bank where the accounts for LIA Foundation are held.