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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: 208-610-3299
Email: hubfarm1000@gmail.com

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

Mike Wilkins

Address: 170 N 500 W
Rupert, ID 83350
Phone: 208-431-5606
Email: mwilkins@pmt.org

Mike Wilkins is a third generation barley producer in Minidoka County, where he farms barley, sugar beets and alfalfa with his son. Wilkins has been a long-time leader in Magic Valley water issues, serving on the Minidoka Irrigation District Board and Committee of Nine when the historic water agreement was crafted between surface and groundwater users on the Snake River Plain Aquifer.

Mr. Wilkins says he “is honored to be appointed to the barley commission by Governor Otter and is excited about the opportunity to serve south-central Idaho barley producers.  Barley has been a good crop for my family farm and I want to give back to this dynamic industry.  I am sure I will enjoy associating with my peers and learning from their experiences on the board and in the industry.  I will make every effort to reach out to producers across the state’s second largest barley growing region.” 

“We are very excited to welcome Mike Wilkins to the Idaho Barley Commission,” said Wes Hubbard, commission chairman and barley producer from Bonners Ferry. “Mike brings considerable experience and is well respected for his work in helping to resolve longstanding water rights disputes on the Snake River Plain, where more than 90 percent of Idaho’s barley is grown. South-central Idaho barley producers are fortunate to have Wilkins’ talents, experience and enthusiasm working on their behalf.”

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

Laura Wilder

Address: 821 W. State St.
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-334-2090 or 208-608-4519
Email:

lwilder@barley.idaho.gov

Laura Wilder is a native Idahoan and the fifth generation of her family involved in Idaho agriculture.  She grew up on her family’s ranch east of Caldwell where she was actively involved in the family beef and crop operation as well as 4-H and FFA programs. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Journalism from Texas A&M University with other major coursework in Agricultural Education. Before joining the Idaho Barley Commission, Laura’s work in the agriculture industry has included serving as Executive Director of the Idaho FFA Foundation, Executive Director and Special Projects Coordinator for the Idaho Beef Council, Editor of the Line Rider Magazine for the Idaho Cattle Association, and Executive Secretary for the Idaho FFA Association.

Laura lives in Meridian with her husband Steve on their small sheep farm, and she has acquired the family ranch near Caldwell. She has two grown children, Amanda and Brett. In addition, Laura is a graduate of Leadership Idaho Agriculture, and she has been involved in her community where she has served as President of the Franklin Ditch Company for three years, and a Meridian Cemetery District Commissioner for seven years, including two years as Chairman. She was also a 20-year 4-H leader and is actively involved with the Meridian FFA Alumni Chapter.

Administrative Assistant

Wren Hernandez

Address: 821 W. State St.
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-569-6957
Email: whernandez@barley.idaho.gov

Wren Hernandez moved to Idaho from California in March 2017. Prior to the move, Wren helped her husband start and run a successful construction company. She has worked in high volume construction company offices supervising over 100 employees as an Office Manager.

Wren has been a Board Member/Treasurer of her son's football team of 300 players in all levels of High School. She has also coached both of her younger daughters in volleyball and softball over the last 7 years, and has been involved in numerous fundraisers for a variety of charitable events and school functions. Wren, her husband, and her children are very involved in their community, where her husband is a Firefighter.