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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 1500 head of dairy cows and runs over 1500 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)

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)

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.  Holly attends school at the University of Utah and is scheduled to graduate in December of 2015.  Hadan served an LDS Mission in Paris France and is now working for Congressman Jason Chaffetz in Washington DC.  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, Price Campus.  Jordan died on November 21, 2012.  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.

   

Edwin Sunderland  - District 6 (Garfield, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, and Wayne Counties)

Edwin has been a member of Farm Bureau from the time he was a boy and currently serves as District 6 Director on the Utah Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Edwin has lived on a dairy and farmed all of his life.  He recently sold the dairy cows and now raises 300,000 turkeys a year with his son Chad, brother Scott and Scott's son-in-law, Brett.  Edwin also raises hay and wheat.   He has been married to his sweetheart, Radene for 41 years and together they have raised 6 children and have been blessed with 16 grandchildren.

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 2000 acre hay, grain and corn operation in Iron County.  Craig has been involved in Farm Bureau for over 35 years serving as county president, vice president, board member, Y F&R county chair and State Y F&R District representative.  Craig and his wife of over 40 years, RueThella, have six children and thirteen grandchildren.  Craig is also very involved in church and community.

Belva Parr - State Women's Committee Chair

Belva is the Women's Chair of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation.  She was raised on a dairy farm in Taylorsville, Utah--dairy cows are near and dear to her heart. Farm Bureau was always a part of life then and now.  Belva now raises sheep and enjoys children coming to her shearing parties and also taking her lambs to schools.  Her gate is always open to anyone who wants to learn about the little critters.  Belva is passionate about educating people about agriculture.  Whether it's  working with Ag in the Classroom or her involvement in social media, Belva believes that education for any phase of agriculture cannot be taught enough.  Belva and her husband Randy have four children and ten grandchildren.  For the Parr's Farm Bureau involvement is a family affair.  Randy tends sheep while Belva fulfills her responsibilities for Farm Bureau.  She is committed to agriculture education and telling our farming story.

Brett Madsen - State Young Farmer & Rancher Committee Chair

Jamison McPherson - Ag Promotions Committee Chair