Anderson has been operating the family farm with his brother Jay since 1983. The Anderson brothers farm about 4,400 acres owned and rented land in Latah and Nez Perce counties. They raise winter wheat, spring wheat, 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 five-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, and 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.