The Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet on March 13, 2020 in Fort Hall, Idaho brought together five of eastern Idaho’s most distinguished leaders in the agriculture industry to be recognized for their dedication and service to the industry. In total, 381 guests along with Celia Gould, Director of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, and Governor Brad Little were in attendance.
Idaho FFA State Vice President Shalani Wilcox, Teton FFA members Kayden Driggs and Jazz Winder, American Falls FFA member Gracie Nelson, and Burley FFA member Clayton Beene assisted with the event. After leading the pledge of allegiance, our FFA members directed guests through the buffet lines and assisted those with limited mobility. Each member was assigned to one of the inductees being honored and were responsible for escorting them to the staging area and accompanying them on stage for their awards and acceptance speeches. FFA members had the opportunity to network with prominent producers and agribusiness owners in eastern Idaho. “It was a great experience being able to represent the FFA at a banquet full of agricultural supporters,” said Shalani Wilcox, FFA State Vice President, “All five of us loved helping and talking with industry leaders including Celia Gould, ISDA Director!”
“When we asked if a group of FFA officers could assist with the Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame banquet again this year we were confident we would have top-notch help - and they did not disappoint!” said Sarah Skaar, Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame, “These young Ag leaders received many compliments and thanks for their assistance. They were pros!”
Saydee Longhurst, 2018-2019 Idaho FFA State President, received Ed Duren Memorial Young Producer Award for her commitment to production agriculture, innovation, and agriculture leadership. Longhurst runs a successful hay business called Cleo’s Cuttings which sells small bale bundles of straight alfalfa hay and an alfalfa/grass hay mix. The business served as Longhurst’s Supervised Agricultural Experience during her time in FFA, and she credits FFA to setting the groundwork for her to build the project into a full-time business.
“I was truly honored to have been nominated and selected for the Ed Duren Young Producer Award. I am proud to be a part of Idaho Agriculture, especially Eastern Idaho Agriculture and to be a recipient of this award for advocating and working in an industry I truly have a passion for was so humbling. It was especially humbling to be the youngest individual to receive the award as well as the first female recipient,” said Longhurst.
Congratulations to Saydee Longhurst and the other award winners, we are grateful for the work you do for the agriculture industry and the example you set for the thousands of Idaho FFA members!