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Joe Anderson

District 1
Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, Latah, and Shoshone counties.
(208) 798-9947

Anderson has been operating the family farm with his brother Jay since 1983.  The Anderson brothers farm about 4400 acres owned and rented land in Latah and Nez Perce counties.  They raise winter wheat, spring wheat and barley, pulse and oilseed crops.
Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ag Econ, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Ag Mechanization from the University of Idaho.  Joe has two grown daughters and three granddaughters.
Commissioner Anderson has been involved in a number of leadership positions.  He just completed a 5-year term as a member of the Idaho Grain Producers Association executive board, he is a member of the Latah County Grain Growers, a 1994 graduate of Leadership Idaho Agriculture, a graduate of the Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow program.  He has also served on the Genesee Union warehouse board from 1994-1999 and was an associate supervisor on the Latah Soil and Water Conservation District.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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Growers’ help needed to improve crop insurance
Sprout damage from heavy rains in southern and eastern Idaho at the end of the 2014 growing season made evident the inadequacy of current crop insurance for wheat growers, which is based on yields and not quality.

USDA’s Risk Management Agency has expressed a willingness to make changes to the quality standard for wheat by addressing the low falling number scale, but the agency wants to address the issue nationwide and needs strong data to support any changes.
Growers can assist the effort by providing multiple years of settlement data, at least the last six years but preferable the last 10 to 12.

RMA does not need and would prefer not to receive growers’ names, addresses and tax ID numbers.

The data must contain: the year; county and state where the crop was grown (not sold/delivered); quality of production; gross price received; net payment (gross less any dockage, but not considering any storage or shipping fees); test weight; and protein.

In addition, the agency needs at least one of the following: DON/VOM; falling number; or other quality spec of interest.
Growers are asked to send info to Blaine Jacobson at blaine@idahowheat.org.