Monday, November 17, 2008

Annual Meeting December 4-6, Boise, Idaho

Lt. Col. Michael Ramsdell
FORMER CIA AGENT TO DELIVER KEYNOTE AT IFBF ANNUAL MEETING
BOISE – The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation’s 69th Annual Meeting is slated for December 2-4 at the Doubletree Riverside Hotel in Boise. Retired CIA agent Michael Ramsdell will deliver the keynote address at the banquet.

Ramsdell is no stranger to Idaho, he was born and raised in Bear River, Utah and received his undergraduate degree from Utah State University. He did post graduate studies at the University of Utah, and graduated from the Russian Language Institute in Washington, D.C.

Ramsdell was commissioned an officer in the Military Intelligence Corps where his career specialty was in Russian/Soviet counterintelligence, that career path took him on on missions throughout Europe, Russia, Scandinavia and to Asia.

Lt. Colonel Ramsdell served with U.S. and NATO militaries, various U.S. intelligence agencies, and the U.S. Department of State. He had the opportunity to work in support of the first Reagan-Gorbachev Moscow Summit.

His last foreign assignment was for a six-year period in Moscow and Gorky, Russia. He currently lives in northern Utah with his wife, Bonnie with their two cats, Koshka and Wolfy. He's active in racquetball, tennis, and skiing and also serves in the sunday school of his local church.

His national bestseller, A Train to Potevka, is his first book.

Idaho Farm Bureau members will also have the opportunity to attend workshops on financial planning, farm safety, current legislative issues and developing leadership. In addition, Paul Kjellander, from the Idaho Office of Energy will give a presentation on Idaho’s Energy and a panel discussion on Idaho water topics will include Norm Semanko, director of the Idaho Water User’s Association, Dave Tuthill, director of the Idaho Department of Water Resources and
Representative Bert Stephensen.

For more information on this year’s convention contact your county Farm Bureau office, or your Farm Bureau regional manager or call 208-333-7090.

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