Staff Directory

Dale newton

Dale Newton, CPA, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Newton reports to the board of directors and  makes major corporate decisions, manages Utah Farm Bureau's overall resources and operations, manages the corporation's investment portfolio,  advises the Financial Sustainability Strategic Advisory Committee, and leads the Farm Bureau staff.


Spencer Gibbons


Spencer Gibbons, Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Spencer reports to the CEO. Spencer oversees the day-to-day activities of the Utah Farm Bureau, with a management function over staff. He continues to have oversight over North Box Elder, South Box Elder, Cache, and Rich County Farm Bureaus. 


Jennifer pratt

Jennifer Pratt, CPA, CIA, CFE , Chief Financial Officer and Financial Sustainability

Jennifer reports directly to the President / Chief Executive Officer and directly assists on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management, cost-benefit analysis, financial reporting, completion of local, state and federal tax reporting, forecasting needs and membership growth. Jennifer oversees the organization's financial sustainability.

Wade garrett

Wade Garrett, VP - Strategic Relationships and Public Policy

Wade reports to the CEO and has the primary responsibility of building strategic relationships and  overseeing state and national legislative and regulatory affairs.

Andrew Ferguson

AJ Ferguson, Vice President - Membership Analysis and Information Technology

AJ reports to the CEO and is responsible for membership analysis and UFBF's technology services. AJ heads the Utah Farm & Home Safety Program, which helps create a safer workplace and prevents worker injuries. He manages Utah Farm Bureau's Ag Trade Show, and the Utah Farm Bureau building.

Matthew hargreaves

Matt Hargreaves, MPA. Vice President - Communications & Utah Farm and Fork Editor

Matt reports to the CEO and develops marketing communications strategies, builds media relations, coordinates all public relations activities, direct social media, manages media inquiries and interview requests, direct outreach efforts, builds relationships with thought leaders to grow agriculture awareness, advises and serves as the editor for all Utah Farm Bureau publications. Matt is responsible for policy & advocacy outreach communications, and spokesperson training.  Matt is the team lead for the UFBF website.

Susan furner

Susan Furner, Vice President - Consumer Engagement. Promotion & Education and  Women's Leadership Committee Coordinator

Susan reports to the CEO and oversees the organization's consumer engagement. She coordinates the Promotion & Education Committee, as it develops and implements programs and activities designed to engage and connect with consumers. Furner  is also the coordinator for the state Women's Committee as they work to foster leadership development, promote Ag education, communicate Ag stories, and encourage political involvement. Her responsibilities also include member benefits, and leadership development.

Jed fisher

Jed Fisher, Accounting

Jed Fisher reports to the CFO and processes accounts payable and accounts receivable, enters transactions into Quickbooks, researches to verify account transactions and resolves account discrepancies. He also produces monthly and quarterly membership reports.

Julia misiego

Julia Misiego, Farmers Market Coordinator

Julia manages Utah Farm Bureau's Murray Farmers Market and South Jordan Farmers Market. She serves as a content editor for the UFBF website                                                                                                                    

Hannah haslam

Hannah Haslam, Member Services Coordinator

Hannah is responsible for the Utah Farm Bureau's Member Benefit program. She also processes membership and various reports related to membership. Hannah is also the YF&R Program assistant and helps with Discussion Meets, YF&R Awards Program, FFA Activities, YF&R Leadership Conferences, and coordinates Washington DC Congressional trips for YF&R.   She is staff support for Century Club membership, and is the point of contact for sending out county invitations for county events such as annual banquets, and takes care of UFBF mailing services. Hannah is a content editor and food contributor for the UFBF website.


Garrick hall

Garrick Hall, Central & Southwestern Regional Manager & Policy Analysis Director

Garrick reports to the Director of Field Services.  Regional managers work with and motivate volunteers members in assigned counties as the first point of contact with Utah Farm Bureau.  His diverse responsibilities include leadership development, developing membership acquisition strategies, policy development, legislative & Farm Bureau policy implementation, County Farm Bureau support, and serving as a liaison for farmers & ranchers with public agencies. Hall coordinates the Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) program, helping young people in agriculture with issues of particular concern to their situation in life. This involves leadership conferences and support of Utah's FFA Chapters. Garrick covers Beaver, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, and Washington counties.



Brett behling


Brett Behling, Ag Business Development Program Coordinator

Brett reports to the Director of Field Services. Behling works with the Board appointed Ag Business Development Committee in developing and brokering resources and to foster innovation and sustainability for Utah farms and ranches.

Clayton beckstead

Clayton Beckstead, Executive Director for the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation &  Regional Manager 

Clayton reports to the Board of Directors in his Foundation role, and to the Chief Operating Officer. The Miracle of Agriculture Foundation is the charitable arm of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. Some of the purposes of the foundation include assisting the poor and underprivileged, assistance and relief during disasters, emergencies and temporary hardships, with particular emphasis on those persons and communities involved in agriculture. As a regional manager,  Clayton covers Utah and Wasatch C ounties.


Jacob Francom

Jacob Francom, Eastern & Southeastern Regional Manager

As a Regional Manager, Jacob will work with and motivate volunteers members in assigned counties as the first point of contact with Utah Farm Bureau. His  diverse responsibilities include leadership development, developing membership acquisition strategies, policy development, legislative & Farm Bureau policy implementation, County Farm Bureau support, and serving as a liaison for farmers & ranchers with public agencies. Jacob covers Carbon, Daggett *, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand *,  Piute, Sanpete,   S an Juan, Sevier, Uintah, and Wayne Counties. (* Daggett and Grand Counties do not currently have organized County Farm Bureaus, and instead meet with Uintah and San Juan County Farm Bureaus respectively.)


Jacob Francom

Sakia White, Central & Northeastern Regional Manager

As a Regional Manager, Sakia will work with and motivate volunteers members in assigned counties as the first point of contact with Utah Farm Bureau. Her responsibilities include leadership development, developing membership acquisition strategies, policy development, legislative & Farm Bureau policy implementation, County Farm Bureau support, and serving as a liaison for farmers & ranchers with public agencies. Sakia covers Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Summit, Tooele, and Weber Counties .


 

Jacob Francom

Sadie Sweat, Executive Assistant & Event Planner

As the executive assistant and event planner, Sadie is the main contact for UFBF Officers and Board of Directors. Responsibilities include travel arrangements, meeting set-up, and anything related to Utah Farm Bureau events.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Jacob Francom

Aubree Thomas, Communications & Miracle of Ag Foundation Coordinator

Aubree has responsibilities over social media for the Utah Farm Bureau, and assists with other communications activities. She reports to the Vice President of Communications, and also has responsibilities over communications activities for the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation.