The Idaho Wheat Commission is trading in one Joe Anderson for another.
Joe Anderson, of Genesee, Idaho, will take over as commissioner for District One, which represents Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah. Latah and Shoshone counties.
He replaces Joe Anderson of Potlatch, Idaho.
The new commissioner started operating the family farm with brother Jay in 1983, according to a commission press release. They raise winter wheat, spring wheat, barley, pulse and oilseed crops on about 4,400 acres of owned and rented land in Latah and Nez Perce counties.
He recently completed a five-year term as a member of the Idaho Grain Producers Association executive board.
“Joe has been an industry leader and a team player for decades,” commission chairman Ned Moon stated in the press release. “His involvement with Idaho’s wheat industry and his knowledge of the issues will allow him to hit the ground running.”
Anderson intends to focus on working to provide an environment where Idaho wheat farmers can access new technology.
“The technological landscape is changing quickly,” Anderson stated in the press release. “Technology in farming is wide-ranging, from drones to double haploid breeding. I want to ensure that policies and funding are in place for Idaho wheat growers to have access to all the advances they need to reduce their input costs to (increase) yields to help keep them competitive.”
Anderson earned bachelor of science degrees in agricultural economics and ag mechanization from the University of Idaho.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter appointed Anderson to the position.