Friday, March 12, 2010

Idaho Wheat Grower Elected to National Office

Wayne Hurst, Burley Idaho wheat grower, was recently elected vice president of the National Association of Wheat Growers at the organization’s Board of Directors meeting.
Hurst operates a diversified, irrigated row crop and dairy farm. He raises wheat, sugar beets, potatoes, dry beans and forage crops and operates the dairy with his father.
Wayne has held a number of leadership positions in agricultural organizations. He is a graduate of the Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow (WILOT) program and the Leadership Idaho Agriculture Program, and has served as an officer for the Idaho Grain Producers Association and on the NAWG Board. Wayne has also served on the NAWG Budget Committee and chaired the NAWG/U.S. Wheat Associates/WETEC consolidation committee in 2006.
The principal trombone in the Magic Philharmonic Orchestra since 1986, Wayne has turned both his profession and his hobby into opportunities for community involvement. Wayne has also held leadership positions in a number of other community organizations and in his church.
Wayne attended Brigham Young University and Idaho State University. Fluent in Spanish, Wayne served two years on a church mission in Concepcion, Chile.
Wayne and his wife, Sherrie, have five children and four grandchildren.
Other members of the 2010 NAWG officer corps elected at Saturday’s meeting include:
• Jerry McReynolds, Woodston, Kansas, president;
• Erik Younggren, Hallock, Minn., second vice president;
• Bing Von Bergen, Moccasin, Mont., secretary-treasurer; and
• Karl Scronce, Klamath Falls, Ore., immediate past president.
NAWG officers typically “run the chairs” for five years after being selected as secretary-treasurer, though they all must be interviewed and recommended by the NAWG Nominating Committee and approved by the NAWG Board of Directors on an annual basis.

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