Board of Directors

Board of Directors

2018-2019

Please direct all general concerns to:
Dale Newton, CEO and Secretary/Treasurer 
801-233-3008                      dale.newton@fbfs.com

Ron B. Gibson, President       

801-940-0477

Ron Gibson, affectionately known as the "Milkman," is a 5th generation dairy farmer in Weber County.  He previously served as District 2 Director of Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Weber County President, Weber County Vice President, and the county and state Young Farmer and Rancher chairman.  Gibson Green Acres milks 1,500 head of dairy cows and grows more than 1,500 acres of corn and alfalfa. Ron, his wife Andrea, and their four children enjoy hosting school groups of all ages on their farm to help promote agriculture. 

Rex Larsen, Vice President 

801-360-7734

Rex Larsen currently serves as Vice President for the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. Rex and his wife, Sherrie, live in Spanish Fork and have a beef cattle ranch, and also grow alfalfa, barley and corn for cattle feed.  Rex markets Certified Seed Barley to growers throughout Utah and raises Certified Weed Free Alfalfa and stock show steers for sell as well.  Rex attended his first county Farm Bureau meeting in 1977 and was elected as the president of the Benjamin/Leland local Farm Bureau.  He has served on Utah County's board and has served as both vice president and president, and most recently served as District 4 Director for the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. Rex is active in civic and church responsibilities.  He earned the Silver Beaver Award for Scouting leadership. Rex and Sherrie are the parents of 4 children and 13 grandchildren. 

Rob Smith, District 1 (North & South Box Elder, Cache & Rich)

435-770-7886

Rob Smith was recently elected to serve as District 1 on the board of directors. More information coming soon.

Jim Wayment, District 2 (Weber, Morgan, Summit)

801-458-5809

Wayment lives in Warren, Utah and represents District 2 on the board of directors. 

From a young age Jim has had a love for agriculture and especially raising and working with cattle.  He is the third generation to work on the family ranch working side-by-side with his grandfather Nephi, and later partnering with his father Edward. They started their operation by raising crops and feeding a few head of livestock. 

Today, Jim has transitioned into his own successful operation, partnering with his oldest son, Cody.  They raise about 250 mother cows, custom feed for local ranchers and farm 600 acres of alfalfa hay, grain and corn silage. 

Jim's favorite partner is his wife Kayla.  He's proud to be a father of 4 children (2 sons and daughter-in-laws, 2 daughters and one son-in-law).  His favorite title of all is "Grandpa" to his 4 grandchildren.  

Along with his long days of farming and ranching, Jim has driven a school bus for Weber School District for the past 27 years, where hundreds of children respectfully refer to him as  "Cowboy Jim".   

Wayment has been actively involved in the Farm Bureau organization for the past 30 years.  He has served as the county Young Farmer and Rancher president and later on the state Young Farmer and Rancher committee, and the Weber County Farm Bureau vice president for the past 5 years.  He has supported agriculture in many other capacities also, as a 4-H leader for 30 years, Utah Youth Rodeo President, Weber County Fair Livestock Chairman, and President of the Ogden Area Beef Feeders. 

Most of Jim's days are filled with long hours, sleepless nights, break downs, and any other farm chore that comes along, but he still finds time to do a little team roping, horse training, and spending time with his family.  Jim Wayment is proud to be a "Farmer"! 

Tyson Roberts, District 3  (Davis, Salt Lake, and Tooele)  

801-915-6960

Tyson Roberts was recently elected to serve as District 3 on the board of directors. More information coming soon.

2018-2019 UFBF Board of Directors --

Photo by Paul Wayman Photography

Top Row (L to R): Steve Hanberg (District 5), Craig Laub (District 7), Wayne Jarrett (District 4), Wade Eliason (District 6), Tyson Roberts (District 3), and Rob Smith (District 1).

Bottom Row (L to R): Jim Wayment (District 2), Dot Jensen (Women's Committee Chair), Dale Newton (CEO/Sec./Treasurer), Ron Gibson (President), Rex Larsen (Vice President),  Andrea Schoenfeld (Ag Promotions Committee Chair), and Kenny McFarland (Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee Chair).

Wayne Jarrett, District 4 (Juab, Utah, and Wasatch)

435-681-1247

Wayne S. Jarrett is a third generation farmer/stockman in Juab County. He has worked on the family farm and helped grow it to a farm of more than 2,000 acres, while buying a small farm of his own on the side. He raises alfalfa, barley, wheat, grain corn and corn silage, along with running a small feedlot and 150 cow/calf herd. Wayne has always said “the most important crop we raise is our kids” Wayne and his wife Connie are very proud of their 3 children and 4 grandchildren.         

Steve Hanberg, District 5  (Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Grand, San Juan & Uintah)  

435-823-5829

Steve Hanberg was recently elected to serve as District 5 on the board of directors. More information coming soon.

Wade Eliason, District 6 (Garfield, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier & Wayne)

435-436-8562 

Wade Eliason, a sheep grower since 1995, represents District 6 on the Utah Farm Bureau Board of Directors.

Eliason, like every farmer, has seen tough times, but is happy that sustainability and new markets such as new varieties of wool and new clothing items such as wool, no-itch t-shirts (in demand from the military), wool socks and a growing demand by consumers for natural “organic” fabrics has helped the wool market. 

Wade served as the Sanpete County Farm Bureau president prior to being elected to the board of directors.

Craig Laub, District 7 (Beaver, Kane, Iron, Millard, & Washington)

435-463-5507

Craig Laub is serving as District 7 Board member.  He, with his brother, own and operate a 2,000 acre hay, grain and corn farm in Iron County. Craig has been involved in Farm Bureau for more than 35 years, serving as County President, Vice President, Board Member, YF&R County Chair, and State YF&R District representative. Craig and his wife of more than 40 years, RueThella, have six children and 13 grandchildren. Craig is also very involved in church and community.

Dot Jensen, State Women's Committee (Chair)   

435-279-0370

Dot Jensen has been involved in agriculture her entire life.  Growing up in Yuma, Arizona provided plenty of opportunities to work with her dad in the cattle feed yard, and raise and work horses while being involved in the 4-H program.  She learned to work hard and play harder all while being involved in agriculture.

Dot moved to Utah and attended Utah State University and settled in Tremonton on a third generation sheep farm where her own children learned the value of work, agriculture, and fun.  She has been an active member of the Farm Bureau for over 30 years.  Much of her time has been spent in the Farm Safety Programs to teach the importance of working smart on the farm.  For the last 12 years she spent a lot of time serving on the Farm Bureau Women's Committee.  She has also spent a number of years serving on the 4-H sheep community for Box Elder County.

Dot's true joys come from her six children and their spouses, and her nine grandkids who are learning to carry on the agriculture life and her dogs.                               

Kenny McFarland, Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee (Chair)  

801-645-5625

Kenny McFarland farms vegetables on 250 acres in Weber County and serves, along with his wife Jamila, as state chairs of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program.

The Utah Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers program includes both men and women between the ages of 18-35. The objective of the Young Farmers & Ranchers program is to provide leadership in building a more effective Farm Bureau to preserve our individual freedoms and expand our opportunities in agriculture.

Andrea Schoenfeld, Ag Promotions Committee (Chair)  

435-247-2296

Andrea Schoenfeld was recently elected to serve as Chair of the Ag Promotions Committee, and therefore on the board of directors. More information coming soon.