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Clark Hamilton

District 4
Commissioner
Custer, Butte, Jefferson, Bingham, Bonneville, Madison, Teton, Fremont, Clark
(208) 390-2675
clarkghamilton@gmail.com

Clark operates a diverse 6,000 acre family farm in the Bonneville County area primarily producing wheat, barley, potatoes, alfalfa and peas.  Over thirty years ago, he joined his father and other family members in running the operation.  

Hamilton spent the past five years serving and representing Idaho wheat and barley farmers as a District Four executive officer of the Idaho Grain Producers Association (IGPA). While serving in that role, he became very familiar with the local, state and national issues impacting agriculture and particularly wheat.

Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in plant science and a minor in biology from Utah State University.  He and his wife Kristi have been married for 28 years. They have four children and one grandchild.  When not farming, Clark enjoys flying, taking road trips on his motorcycle, and snowmobiling.

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.