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On April 18, Easton Lee Small made his way to the home of Meranda Small, Class 36, and her husband, Wyatt. Weighing in at 7 lbs. 2 oz., Easton measured 20.5 inches long. Meranda works for U of I in Blackfoot and Wyatt works for AgriBeef in American Falls as manager of Snake River Cattle.
Wedding bells rang on June 8 for Carly Raska, Class 34, who married Rob Schoepflin. Carly works for U of I CALS Development and Rob is a pilot. The Schoepflins will make their home in Palouse.
Congratulations to Kim O’Neill Anderson, Class 27, who was recently presented the Ray A. Miller Professional Achievement Award from the National Agriculture Alumni and Development Association for her career, achievements, and leadership in agriculture. Kim serves as assistant to the Dean at U of I CALS.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to Steve Bateman, Class 11, in the passing of his wife, Cathe. Steve and Cathe were married for 41 years and for most of those years worked together in the grass seed industry in the Nezperce area.
Agriculture in the Classroom workshops and tours were held around the state the past three weeks. Thanks to many LIA alumni who were presenters at these educational activities for teachers - Zack Zacharisen, Class 17; Lance Hedler, Class 35; Jim Miller, Class 29; Katherine O’Brien, Class 20; Joe Farmer, Class 35; Luke Erickson, Class 29; Buck Boyer, Class 29; Paul Brusven, Class 21; Doug McIntosh, Class 19; Art McIntosh, Class 31; Joe Stewart, Class 16; Brett Lolley, Class 28; and Mike Thornton, Class 12. They are all true advocates for agriculture who took time from their daily responsibilities to help the teachers learn more about Idaho agriculture.
Northwest Farm Credit Services is celebrating their 100th Anniversary. LIA alumni will participate at a special event on June 29, including NWFC Idaho President Blair Wilson, Class 11; Mark Duffin, Class 22; Kelly Olson, Class 16; and Rick Waitley, Class 8.
CHS Primeland in Lewiston recently held a grand opening for a new fertilizer hub plant at the Port of Wilma – the largest of its kind in the inland Northwest. Coordinating many of the day’s activities was LIA Board Chairman, Jim Miller, Class 29. A number of LIA alumni joined the event to celebrate the grand opening.
Northwest Farm Credit Services recently announced scholarship winners for the coming fall term. Students of LIA alumni receiving scholarships include: Gretchen Hansten, daughter of Alan Hansten, Class 36; Paige Takasugi, daughter of Pat Takasugi, Class 4; Cole Lickley, son of Bill Lickley, Class 25.
Robert Blair, Class 26, had the opportunity to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives about drones in agriculture. Congratulations, Robert – we are sure you did a great job of representing Idaho and this new technology.