Wednesday, October 13, 2010

IGPA Leader Chosen for Prestigious National Program

Idaho Grain Producers Association (IGPA) member of the Board of Directors, Robert Blair, was recently named as an Agriculture Fellow for the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship program.

Blair was chosen as one of two farmers from a competitive nationwide pool of applicants for the 2011 program chaired by retired U.S. General Colin Powell. His work to tout the benefits of precision technology as a new frontier in production agriculture caught the attention of the Eisenhower Fellowship.

Blair, a family farmer from Leland, Idaho, serves as the Nez Perce County representative on the IGPA Board of Directors and chairs the Congressional, Legislative, Tax and Transportation Committee.

“The IGPA is extremely proud, but not surprised, of Robert’s selection”, said IGPA President Scott Brown. “Robert follows in the footsteps of IGPA past President Duane Grant who was also selected for this great program. We are fortunate to have such talented leadership among Idaho’s wheat and barley farmers.”

The stated goal of the Eisenhower Fellowship is to “engage emerging leaders from around the world to enhance their professional capabilities, broaden their contacts, deepen their perspectives, and unite them in a diverse, global community”.

Blair and the other selectees will travel on a 4-5 week individualized professional program to meet leaders in agriculture and related fields. Robert’s specific mission will be to engage and exchange ideas with South American nations regarding the benefits of precision agriculture.

For more information, contact the Idaho Grain Producers Association office at (208) 345-0706.

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