Board of Directors

2023-2024

Please direct all general concerns to:                                    
Spencer Gibbons, CEO 435-770-4590 or 
spencer.gibbons@fbfs.com.


Valjay Rigby, PRESIDENT

ValJay Rigby is a 5th generation farmer from Newton, Cache County, farming on land that was part of an original family homestead. Valjay farms alongside his brother and his children, growing approximately 1,500 acres of alfalfa, safflower, and small grains, as well as a beef cattle herd. Rigby has a master’s degree in information systems and a bachelor’s degree in finance, both from Utah State University. He has also served as the Cache County Farm Bureau president, in addition to his local planning & zoning committee, local water company boards, and as a volunteer firefighter. 


Wade eliason, Vice President

Wade Eliason currently serves as Vice President for the Utah Farm Bureau Federation and has been a Sanpete County sheep rancher since 1995. He previously represented District 6 on the Utah Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Prior to being elected to the Board of Directors, Wade served as the Sanpete County Farm Bureau President.

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.


Chris Chambers, District 1(North & South Box Elder, Cache & Rich)

Chris is a cattle rancher from Smithfield, Utah and was recently elected to the Utah Farm Bureau State Board of Directors in 2022, having previously served as the Cache County Farm Bureau President.


Logan Wilde, District 2(Morgan, Summit, and

WEBER)

Logan Wilde is a sheep rancher from Croydon, Morgan County. Wilde is a former state legislator and Commissioner for the Utah Department of Agriculture & Food. 


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

Tyson Roberts is a produce farmer and represents the 6 th generation of Roberts’ to farm in Layton, Utah (Davis County). Tyson and his wife Danna have six children who each help on the farm. Partnering with his parents Dix and Ruth, they operate Roberts Family Farms which produces fresh market vegetables that are sold on the farm and at farmers markets in Utah and Southwestern Wyoming. Roberts has experienced a continuing change in Davis County agriculture since starting a produce business with his brother Deven in 1992.

In addition to serving on the Utah Farm Bureau Board of Directors, representing District 3, Tyson is the Vice President of Davis County Farm Bureau and is a Supervisor for the Davis County Conservation District. He has always loved policy development/implementation and enjoys playing a role as a citizen in the local and national political process.

Tyson is a graduate of the American Farm Bureau’s “Partners in Advocacy Leadership” program where he studied personal development, media, consumer\stakeholder engagement, and local and international policy development. He enjoys serving as a voice for all types of agriculture. He is active on social media, and can be found @utahonionboy on Instagram, @robertsfarms on Twitter, and @RobertsFamilyFarms on Facebook.


Russ Kohler, District 4(Juab, Utah, and Wasatch)            

Russ Kohler is a dairy farmer and cheesemaker from Midway, Wasatch County. Kohler is also a is a recent graduate of the American Farm Bureau’s “Partners in Advocacy Leadership” program. Kohler served on the Utah and National Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, includeing a term as chair. As the national chair, Kohler also served a term on the American Farm Bureau Federation's Board of Directors. 



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

Steve Hanberg was raised on a dairy farm and has always had a love for farming. He and his wife, Marcia, purchased their first farm in Randlett, Utah (Uintah County) in 1986, where he continues to grow corn and alfalfa.

Steve has been involved in the Utah Farm Bureau for more than 20 years, serving the last 10 years as Uintah County Farm Bureau President, and now serving District 5 on the State Board, which includes much of eastern and southeastern Utah. He is passionate about making public policy to better improve the quality of farming life in Utah. Steve serves on several community boards in Uintah County and as director of a local water company.

Trevor barnson, District 6(Garfield, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier & Wayne)            

Trevor is a cattle rancher from Junction, Utah and was recently elected to the Utah Farm Bureau State Board of Directors in 2022, having previously served as the Piute County Farm Bureau President.


Jared Buhler, District 7 (Beaver, Kane, Iron, Millard, & Washington)            

Jared Buhler is serving as District 7 Board member. He is the manager of the IFA Farm Store in Delta, and also has farming operations in Millard & Juab Counties. Jared has been involved in Farm Bureau for many years, most recently serving as the President of the Millard County Farm Bureau.


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 Utah 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 Utah 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 grand-kids, who are learning to carry on the agriculture life, and her dogs.


Brady Spackman, Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee (Chair)

Brady and his wife, Amanda, are farmers from Cache County.


Sherrie tate, Promotions & Education Committee (Chair)

Sherrie has an agritourism business in Washington, Utah, which includes raising beef cattle and operating a corn maze and agricultural education attraction. Sherrie was recently elected to the Utah Farm Bureau State Board of Directors in 2022 as chair of the Ag Promotions & Education Committee, having previously served as the Washington County Farm Bureau President.

UFBF Board of Directors

Back Row (left to right): Spencer Gibbons (CEO), Chris Chambers (District 1), Russ Kohler (District 4), Brady Spackman (YF&R Chair), Tyson Roberts (District 3), Trevor Barnson (District 6), and Logan Wilde (District 2).

Front Row (left to right): Steve Hanberg (District 5), Dot Jensen (Women's Committee Chair), ValJay Rigby (President), Wade Eliason (Vice President), Sherrie Tate (P&E Chair), and Jared Buhler (District 7).