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The state of Idaho is divided into three barley regions. A barley producer from each region is appointed by the Governor to serve a three-year term (limited to two terms) on the Idaho Barley Commission. The commissioners not only represent their districts but the state of Idaho through national organizations such as, US Grains Council, National Barley Growers Association, and the National Barley Foods Council. An industry representative also serves on the board bringing to the commission experience and insight from the malting industry.

Commissioners and Staff


District 1
Wes Hubbard

Wes Hubbard

Address: 4175 District 5 Road Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805
Phone: 208-290-5069
Email: hubbardfarms@bonnersferry.net

Wes Hubbard is a second generation barley producer in Boundary County, where his family moved from Grace, Idaho, in 1966. Wes says he was 'drawn to serve as a grain leader by my desire to become better educated about grain production techniques and policy issues that affect grain producers' bottom-line. I have always enjoyed associating with my peers and learning from their experiences and wisdom.

Mr. Hubbard farms 1000 acres of barley, including new food barley varieties being grown under contract for Asian customers, winter wheat and canola on the family farm and manages another 500 acres of farmland in Boundary County for his brother. He has served on the Farm Service Agency County Committee for nine years and on the Idaho Oilseed Commission for the past four years. Wes and his wife Jolene have two sons Ethan and Dalin.


District 2

Ron Elkin

Pat Purdy

Address: PO Box 748
Picabo, ID 83348
Phone: 208-631-7788
Email: pat@purdyent.com

Pat Purdy is the farm manager of the Picabo Livestock Company, a fifth generation farm and ranching operation based in Blaine County.  The Purdys farm about 4,300 acres of alfalfa and malting barley alongside their large beef cattle operation.  Pat works in partnership with his grandfather Bud and father Nick in all aspects of the family farming and cattle operation.  Pat also is co-owner and manager of Purdy Enterprises, Inc, which includes a farm and ranch supply store in Picabo and a commercial/industrial pumping system manufacturing operation in Boise.

Pat is currently serving as a member of the Leadership Idaho Agriculture Board of Trustees and chairs the LIA Fund Development Committee.  He is president of the Blaine County Chapter of the Idaho Grain Producers Association, board member of the Capitol View Irrigation District and past board member of the Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association.  He holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho.

District 3

Ron Elkin

Scott Brown

Address: PO Box 131
Soda Springs, ID 83276
Phone: 801-557-5123
Email: swb0203@msn.com

Scott Brown has been appointed by Governor Otter to serve a three-year term as Eastern Idaho Grower Commissioner.  Mr. Brown operates a 10,000 acre, three-generation family operated grain farm near Soda Springs where he raises barley and wheat. Scott previously served in the leadership of Caribou County Grain Producers and Idaho Grain Producers Association, serving as president in 2010 and president of the National Barley Growers Association from 2011-13.

Industry Representative

Ron Elkin

Timothy Pella

Address: 2121 W 145 N
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Phone: 208-524-1080
Email:

Timothy.pella@anheuser-busch.com

Timothy Pella has been appointed to serve a three-year term as the commission’s Industry Representative, one of four voting seats on the board.  Tim is Program Manager at the Anheuser Busch Idaho Falls elevator and responsible for the single largest barley buying program in Idaho.  He has worked in the grain industry for the past 19 years and has been a manager at the Idaho Falls elevator for the past seven years.

Administrator

Ron Elkin

Kelly Olson

Address: 821 W. State St.
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-334-2090
Email:

kolson@barley.idaho.gov

Kelly Olson, a native of Idaho, received a B.A. in economics from the College of Idaho (Albertson College) and completed graduate studies in resource economics and international relations. She served as legislative assistant for agricultural and trade issues in Washington, D.C. from 1984 - 1987. Kelly returned home to develop the Idaho State Department of Agriculture's first domestic and international marketing programs and served as administrator of the ISDA Marketing Division from 1990-1994. She created trade missions and product promotions throughout North America, Europe and Asia and was instrumental in opening Idaho's Trade Office in Mexico.

Kelly has served as administrator of the Idaho Barley Commission since July 1994. She helps direct research, market development, policy and grower education programs for Idaho’s more than 4,000 barley producers.

Kelly is also an alumni of Leadership Idaho Agriculture (LIA), and was a founding member of the Idaho Minor Crop Alliance (now a committee of Food Producers of Idaho) and the Annual Idaho Ag Summit Policy Forum. She served as secretary-treasurer of the National Barley Growers Association from 1995-1997 and remains a staff advisor to the NBGA Trade Committee.

Administrative Assistant

Ron Elkin

Tammy Golder

Address: 3421 E. County Line Rd.
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
Phone: 208-569-6957
Email:

tgolder@barley.idaho.gov

Tammy Golder is a native of Idaho, where she worked on her grandparent's farms goring up. She received a paralegal certificate in 2002. Tammy worked in the nonprofit world helping Idaho families fulfill their dream of homeownership and most recently worked for the State of Idaho at the Department of Labor. Tammy loves to create and design rodeo clothes in her spare time.