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Jerry Brown

District 5
Vice Chairman
Bannock, Power, Oneida, Franklin, Carrribou, Bear Lake
(208) 547-3036

Brown owns and operates a 3,600-acre dry land and irrigated farm where he raises winter and spring wheat, and barley. Jerry has been farming for the past 38 years, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, a Master of Accounting from Utah State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Commissioner Brown has been involved in a number of leadership positions in his community, including the Caribou County Grain Growers, the Idaho Grain Producers Association, the Bear River Water District 11, and the Caribou Memorial Hospital. “New Technology is exciting to me,” says Brown. “One of my dreams is to create an environment in agribusiness whereby the youth of this country can be attracted to agriculture and earn a competitive living. This can be done through advances in research and technology, and by developing effective marketing strategies.” Brown also works full time as a CPA in Soda Springs. Jerry and his wife Robyn have been married for 33 years and have six children. The Browns enjoy spending time with their family, working together managing and operating the farm, camping, fishing, and backpacking.

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.