Ron B. Gibson - President
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
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.
John Ferry - District 1 (North & South Box Elder, Cache, and Rich Counties)
John Y. Ferry is serving as District 1 on the board of directors.
John Ferry is president and owner of JY Ferry & Son, Little Mountain Cattle Company with a 1125 head cow herd in Corinne, Utah. The Ferry family and their staff provide custom feeding for beef cows at their 5800 capacity feed lot.
John has served on the board of directors of many organizations including American Farm Bureau Federation, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Producers Livestock Marketing Association, and USU Board of Trustees.
John Ferry is a proud alumni of Utah State University and was inducted in the "Hall of Honor" of the Utah State University College of Agriculture.
Ferry and his sons focus on providing a quality product at a reasonable price and treating people right. The Ferry family actively promotes agriculture in Utah.
Jim Wayment - District 2 (Morgan, Summit, and Weber Counties)
Wayment lives in Warren, Utah. From a young age he 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"!
Flint Richards - District 3 (Davis, Salt Lake, and Tooele Counties)
Flint Richards serves as the District 3 Director of Utah Farm Bureau Federation. Flint has been involved with dairy cows his entire life, having managed a Jersey dairy in Tooele County. He currently works as a field staff for the U.S. Jersey Association.
Wayne Jarrett - District 4 (Juab, Utah, and Wasatch Counties)
Wayne S. Jarrett is a 3rd 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 (2 boys and 1 girl) and 4 grandchildren.
Wayne is very active in his church responsibilities and has also served in many civic and agriculture boards including the Soil Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Nephi Irrigation Company, and the Nephi City Council.
Wayne is very proud of his life long involvement with the Utah Farm Bureau and as a small boy attending various county functions as his father served as County Farm Bureau President. He was voted on the county board at the age of 25 and still serves there today, 33 years later (19 years as county president). Wayne is very proud to say that he is a farmer!
Joël Hatch-Jensen--District 5 (Carbon, Duchesne, Emery, San Juan, Uintah)
Joël Hatch holds the Board of Directors seat for District Five. Joël married Jordan W. Hatch in August of 1989. Together they raised two children on the family ranch two miles north of Huntington. They run a herd of Angus and Simmental cross cattle. The herd winters on the Wah Wah Desert and summers on the Gentry Mountain. They have a small band of sheep, a herd of dogs and a handful of horses to keep them all busy. They also raise alfalfa and oat hay. Joël is a Branch Manager and consumer/commercial/agriculture lender for Eastern Utah Community Credit Union and has been in the banking industry for 18 years. Jordan was a Professor for Utah State University-Eastern, in Price, but died tragically on November 21, 2012 in a vehicle accident on their ranch. With help and support from family, friends, and great neighbors, Hatch Livestock continues to thrive and grow. Jordan and Joël have been involved in Farm Bureau since 1997 starting with the Young Farmer and Rancher program and since then, have served as various County and State positions. They have enjoyed their time serving Farm Bureau and find it an extremely important and impactful opportunity for themselves as well as their Community, County and State.
Wade Eliason -
- District 6 (Garfield, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, and Wayne Counties)
Wade Eliason, a sheep grower since 1995, represents District 6 on the Utah Farm Bureau Board of Directors.
Eliason has lasted through some tough times to see the good times now. 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, and Washington Counties)
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
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 - State Young Farmer & Rancher Committee Chair
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.
Jamison McPherson - Ag Promotions Committee Chair
Jamison McPherson represents the Ag Promotion Committee on the state board of directors. The Ag Promotion Committee fills an important role in bridging the gap between farmers and consumers by providing tools and resources to other Farm Bureau members who are eager to help share agriculture's story.
Jamison and his family run cattle and reside in Paris, Idaho.