Friday, November 24, 2017
Speakers

Wendy Andrews

General Session Speaker

Wendy Andrews is the president of the Idaho Association of Conservation Districts Auxiliary.

Wendy will be presenting the Idaho Association of Conservation Districts Auxiliary report during the general session on November 17th.


Doug Bauer

Special Session Speaker

Doug Bauer is the Managing Editor of the Lewiston Morning Tribune in Lewiston, Idaho. He will be presenting on media interview techniques during the Education Luncheon on November 17th.

Doug Bauer

Art Beal

General Session Speaker

Art Beal is Division lll Director of the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts. Art has been an elected official of Squaw Creek since 1976 and served as Division III Director from 1988 to 2001.

Art worked on the 1979 Ag Pollution Abatement Plan and helped start the Idaho One Plan in 1994. He served as a member of the governor’s forestry advisory committee from 1977 to 1988 for the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts. Art is currently Division III director working with Idaho One Plan and the Ag Pollution Abatement Plan update.

He grew up on a farm, ranch operation in lower Valley county where the family had a small sawmill. The mill was in operation from 1938 until 1993. He also had a small construction contracting business. Art retired from there and worked for the Bureau of Reclamation for the next 15 years in dam maintenance. Upon retirement he started his third career working as a volunteer in the Ag community to help meet the clean water act voluntarily.

Art is retired on four acres in Sweet, Idaho and works harder now than he did on 500.

Art will be presiding during the Education Awards on November 17th.

Art Beal

Steve Becker

General Session Speaker

Steve Becker is the treasurer of the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts. Since 2009, Steve has been an elected official of the Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District and has been an integral part of the community for many years as well as playing a key role in promoting many community organizations.

He is currently the Idaho Association of Soil and Water Conservation District’s director from Division II (North Idaho) and the chair of the Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District.

Steve spends his free time with his wife, Nancy, caring for their two children Stephanie and Edward and working on his farm in the Genesee area.

Steve will be presenting during the Evening program on November 16th and during the general session on November 17th.

Steve Becker

Billie Brown

General Session Speaker

Billie Brown is the Vice President of the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts. Billie is an elected official of the Benewah Soil and Water Conservation District and has been an integral part of the community for many years.

Billie lives in St. Maries, Idaho and is currently the Idaho Association of Soil and Water Conservation District’s director from Division l (North Idaho) as well as the chairman of the Benewah Soil and Water Conservation District.

Billie will be presiding during the Education Luncheon on Monday, November 17th.

Billie Brown

Jeff Burwell

General Session Speaker

Jeff Burwell is the Idaho State Conservationist, a position he has held since June, 2008. He graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Range and Forest Management. Shortly after graduation Jeff joined NRCS as a Range Conservationist in Greeley, Colorado. He was promoted to District Conservationist and worked in four different locations across Colorado and was the State Resource Conservationist Prior to coming to Idaho. Jeff also served as the NRCS Liaison to the Society for Range Management and developed the Rangeland Management Professional Certification Program.

Several issues Jeff has worked on in Idaho are significant to western states such as improving water quality flowing into Idaho’s streams and rivers, protecting critical sage grouse habitat, promoting practices that sustain north Idaho’s non-industrial private forests, and most recently, improving soil health on cropland. He will be presenting the NRCS agency report during the general session.

Jeff Burwell

Jim Church

Concurrent Session Speaker

Jim Church works for the University of Idaho, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as an area Extension Educator specializing in animal science.

Jim provides educational programs for commercial livestock producers across the ten counties of the northern Idaho panhandle. Jim has 31 years of experience working in Extension for both the University of Idaho and Washington State University.

Jim will be presenting during the Cover Crop concurrent session November 18th.

Jim Church

Jim Combo

General Session Speaker

Jim Combo is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a certified governmental financial manager (CGFM). He has a business administration degree with an emphasis in accounting and a master of accounting degree from the University of Montana.

Jim worked two years at a public accounting firm in Tucson, AZ that specialized in franchise accounting, business valuations and consolidations, and tax preparation. He also worked three years as an accountant for a technology company in Boise that provided domain name registration and internet monitoring of trademark infringement.

Jim joined the staff of the Audit Division of the Legislative Services Office in 2005 and in 2012 was promoted to be one of the Division’s four Managing Auditors. Since 2007 he has been the coordinator of the Division’s function as the repository of audit reports from local government entities.

Mr. Combo will be speaking on the requirements for the implementation of House Bill 560, and providing direction regarding the central registry and reporting portal and how it relates to Conservation Districts.


Doug Finkelnburg

Concurrent Session Speaker

Doug Finkelnburg has been working for the University of Idaho in different capacities since 2007. Most recently he’s been conducting research and extension efforts as an Area Extension Educator focusing on cropping systems in north central Idaho counties.

Before that he worked for UI’s Plants, Soils, and Entomological Sciences department as a research support scientist. There he conducted grain and grain-legume variety testing and briefly coordinated Northern Idaho’s soft white winter wheat breeding program. After growing up in Boise and Pocatello, Doug attended the University of Idaho where he received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Environmental Science. Current areas of research and extension efforts include mitigating acid soils, cover crop adoption, and new rotation opportunities in wheat based cropping systems.

Doug is part of the round table presenters for the Cover Crop concurrent session on November 18th.

Doug Finkelnburg

Alicia Hardy

Workshop Speaker

Alicia Hardy works for the Idaho Soil & Water Conservation Commission in Boise, where she leads the Commission’s public relations and outreach efforts. Alicia graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Public Relations.

Before joining the Commission, she provided freelance communications services for the multiple agencies throughout the Northwest, specializing in social media and media relations. Alicia will be presenting the Public Relations workshop on Sunday, November 15th.

Alicia Hardy

Ken Hart

Concurrent Session Speaker

Ken Hart joined the University of Idaho faculty in 1994 and is an Extension Educator stationed in Lewis County. Ken conducts extension crop production programs in Lewis and Idaho counties and financial management education programs across north central Idaho.

Ken received a master's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Idaho in 1992.

Ken and Gail Hart own and operate a farm in Clearwater County, Idaho.

Ken is part of the round table presenters for the Cover Crop concurrent session on November 18th

Ken Hart

Eric Hasselstrom

Concurrent Session Speaker

Eric Hasselstrom is an elected board member of the Lewis Soil Conservation District. Eric has been no-till farming since 1998. With 2000 acres of farm ground and 150 head of cattle.

Eric looks at soil health as an educational opportunity. Eric has been using lime on low PH soils for 10 years as a tool for better soil health. Eric uses cover crops for late season grazing opportunities and increased soil cover in winter. Eric also promotes soil testing on a regular basis. With these tools Eric is learning and sharing his knowledge with fellow farmer and ranchers.

Eric will be presenting in the Cover Crops concurrent session.

Eric Hasselstrom

Richard Jacobson

Evening Program Speaker

Richard Jacobson is a member of the Envirothon Committee and will be presiding during the Evening Session on Sunday, November 16th.

Richard is the chair of the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District and hails from Rigby, Idaho.

Born and raised in Treasure Valley, Richard graduated from Nampa High School. Attended Idaho State University, and received a B.S. in conservation/ game management. Richard earned a teaching certificate and taught biology and life science for 33 years in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls and Rigby. Richard is married to Ellen Jacobson since 1967, has 4 children and 17 grandchildren.

Richard bought a small farm in Rigby in 1970. Raised hay, grain, pasture, dairy and beef at different times. Semi-Retired rented the farm ground. Feed a few lightweight calves through the winter. Richard has been involved with Jefferson soil and water conservation district for over 10 years.

Richard Jacobson

Drew Leitch

Concurrent Session Speaker

Drew Leitch is an elected board member of the Lewis Soil Conservation District (since 2012). Drew is the owner and manager of Leitch Farms, a three generation farm in Lewis County, Idaho as well as a partner in L-R Farms located near Nezperce, Idaho. He was raised in Nezperce, received his agricultural degree at the University of Idaho, and taught agricultural education in eastern Colorado before returning to Nezperce where he was the general manager of a local grain elevator for seven years.

After farming with his father for several years, Drew now manages the family farm which produces wheat, canola, hay, and blue grass. Leitch Farms also operates a cow-calf herd which utilizes cover crops to better manage grazing acres. Drew and his wife have three children who have completed several years of 4-H beef projects at the local county fair.

Drew will be presenting in the Cover Crops concurrent session.

Drew Leitch

Jerry Mason

Concurrent Session Speaker

A native of Illinois, Jerry Mason has worked in Idaho for 42 years as a local government administrator and as legal counsel to local government officials; 11 years as a public planner and 25+ years in local government legal practice.

A 1970 graduate of Illinois College (B.S., Economics and Business, w/honors), he holds graduate degrees from Idaho State University (M.A., Government, 1978) and from the University of Idaho (J.D., 1985, w/honors). Jerry serves as counsel to the Association of Idaho Cities and to the board of trustees of the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program (ICRMP), a 925-member local government liability and property insuring pool.

Jerry frequently assists Idaho's state associations of cities and counties in matters of legislative concern, particularly involving matters of personnel, procurement, land use planning and property rights.

Jerry Mason

Alex McGregor

Keynote Speaker

Alex McGregor is the president of the McGregor Company where he operates 30 equipment and fertilizer distributorships and oversees 300 employees. Alex also raises wheat and animals on the 116-year-old ranch, McGregor Land and Livestock. Alex grew up in Hooper, Washington. He attended Whitman College in the 1970s before expanding his education with a graduate degree in history from the University of Washington with a focus in agriculture.In the past, Alex taught history at Whitman College and the University of Washington, presided over the Washington Association of Wheat Growers in 1998, and served as board member on the National Association of Wheat Growers. Alex will be presenting the “Making Your Voice Heard Advocating for Agriculture” presentation on November 18th.

Alex McGregor

Ken Roberts

Keynote Speaker

Ken Roberts was appointed to be the fourth member of the state Tax Commission by the Governor in 2012. The Idaho State Tax Commission is part of the executive branch. Its four commissioners are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Each commissioner serves a six year term. The commission enforces Idaho’s tax laws and works to educate the public about their role in the state tax structure.

Roberts is a Valley County farmer who attended both the University of Idaho and Boise State University.

Ken Roberts

Kevin Seitz

Concurrent Session Speaker

Kevin Seitz moved to Nezperce, Idaho in 1998 and is a Soil Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. He attended the National NRCS Soil Health training in Boise put on by Ray Archuleta, David Lamm and Jon Stika who are soil health specialists for NRCS.

After the training he started to understand soil biology is as important as the chemical and physical soil properties and has since been working with growers on soil health. Kevin is one of the presenters during the cover crop concurrent session.

Kevin Seitz

Representative
Thyra Stevenson

General Session Speaker

Thyra Stevenson is the representative from Idaho Legislative District 6 covering Lewis and Nez Perce Counties, Idaho. Thyra holds a PhD in Latin American Literature from the University of Washington, a MA from New York University, and BAs in English and Spanish from Boston University.

Thyra’s professional experience includes serving as an Aircraft Commander and a Flotilla Commander in the United States Coast Guard as well as an instructor and pilot. In addition, she is a former professor of Spanish at the University of Washington.

Thyra serves on the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, the House Agriculture Affairs Committee, the House Business Committee, and the Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee.

Thyra Stevenson

Robbie Taylor

Keynote Speaker

Robbie has been employed by the Madison SWCD and the Clark SCD since January 2008. Robbie oversees the day to day operations of both Districts which includes but is not limited to, the Districts public outreach programs, annual conservation tours, assisting landowners with conservation programs and also oversees the Madison SWCD’s Annual Conservation Wind Break Tree Sale.

Robbie has been president of the Idaho District Employees Association for several years. Robbie is a retired military veteran with 25 years of service and one tour of duty in Iraq. Robbie is married to a wonderful lady, Melanie Taylor and has two great children, Robbie Jr. and Lindsey. His interests include sports and spending time with his family.

Robbie will be giving the 2014 IDEA report at this year's conference.

Robbie Taylor

Gregg Teasdale, PE, PhD

Concurrent Session Speaker

Gregg N. Teasdale, PE, PhD provides water resource engineering and aerial imaging services through Northwest Aerial Systems, PLLC.

Previously, he was a senior hydraulic engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he performed hydrologic studies, river and reservoir modeling, sediment impact assessments, and flood risk analysis.

He was a water quality engineer with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and a public works engineer with the City of Lewiston, Idaho.

He earned his doctorate in civil engineering at Washington State University in 2005 in which he developed methods for using aerial and satellite imagery in the hydrologic analysis of watersheds and streams.

Gregg is a pilot and owns a plane outfitted with specialized equipment to obtain photography for remote sensing applications.

He will be presenting during the concurrent sessions on remote sensing and environmental modeling.

Gregg Teasdale

Kit Tillotson

General Session Speaker

Kit Tillotson is the president of the Idaho Association of Conservation Districts. He has been an elected board member of the Portneuf Soil and Water Conservation District since the late 1990s as well as an advocate for Districts on a regional and state-wide basis since 2009 when he was elected as the division 5 director.

Kit hails from Lava Hot Springs and is a native Idahoan, born in Pocatello, Idaho. Kit obtains his passion for conservation from his farming experiences and as a business owner.

Kit spent nearly his life playing in the soil and worked with his dad on the family farm throughout his entire childhood.

Kit takes a lot of pride in the work that he does every day and has grown KT Excavation, llc into a business that supports his family as well as provides a valuable service to the community by providing economic growth.

Kit Tillotson

H. Norman Wright

General Session Speaker

Norman Wright is the chairman of the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission. He was raised on a dairy farm near Caldwell, Idaho and has degrees in business administration and finance from Boise State University.

Mr. Wright has served on the American Falls City Council for the past eight years and is president of the American Falls Lions Club. He brings extensive experience to the Commission, including involvement with the Soil Conservation Service and the Canyon County conservation district, as well as 33 years with the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (now known as Farm Service Agency).

H. Norman Wright

Division V Staff

Concurrent Session Speaker

Division V encompasses a large area of the most southeast corner of Idaho. The employees of division V have diverse backgrounds and educations but are best known for their collaborative spirit. Division V staff meets quarterly to discuss upcoming needs and training and funding opportunities. The resourceful Division typically travels together and splits large purchases to cut down on cost.

Each employee brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table and together have been able to accomplish projects that could not otherwise been a reality. The Division V staff will be presentation NACD based training modules during the concurrent sessions.

Division V Staff
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