By CAROL RYAN DUMAS
Five of eastern Idaho's most distinguished leaders in the agriculture industry are to be inducted into the 40th Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame during the annual Recognition Dinner March 23.
This year's inductees are Dick Baker, a longtime rancher and conservationist from Clayton; V. Don Olson, a cattle rancher from Salmon; Daniel H. Mickelson, a dairy producer from Grace; Pete McGarry, a cattleman from Hamer; and Stan Gortsema, longtime Power County Extension agent from American Falls.
The dinner will be held at O'Callahan's in the Idaho Falls Shilo Inn Convention Center. A no-host social hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be obtained from the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce at 630 W. Broadway or from any of the 30 members of the Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
Baker is being inducted for his contributions to outstanding environmental stewardship for private and public land.
Olson is being recognized for outstanding contributions to conservation, community involvement and ranching in the Lemhi Valley.
Mickelson is being inducted for his efforts in improving the Holstein breed and dairy industry in Idaho.
McGarry is being recognized as a steward of the land and people in Eastern Idaho. His contributions to agriculture are in natural resource conservation, the cattle and horse industry, and as a spokesman for agriculture and ranching.
Gortsema is being inducted for his extensive contributions to agriculture and community.