Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New YF and R Chairmen

Heather and Doug Barrie are the new chairmen of the District II YF&R Committee, Putnam photo.

Ucon--Doug and Heather Barrie have assumed leadership of the District II YF and R committee and look forward to the challenges ahead.

The Barries live just outside of Ucon, Idaho and farm 400 acres of grain and hay, but also help out on the family operation.

"This time of year I’m trying to finish my marketing," said Barrie. "I still have a little grain left right now which is unfortunate but starting this month we'll start working on equipment to get ready for the spring."

Barrie says with a sigh that the off seasons gets shorter every year. "In December I try to keep low key when I can. I just enjoy the time because I’m so worn out, especially during grain harvest. We harvest quite a few acres for the neighbors. And this year we spent about 8 weeks in those machines, so right now it’s kind of a burned out thing. We are just getting over that."

The Barries met at nearby Rick's College, (now BYU-Idaho) Doug boasts with a twinkle in his eye that Heather made the first move and asked him out on their first date. "Doug was a home teacher," said Heather. "I thought he was pretty cute and asked him out…that’s it!"

The Barries have never looked back and now have a young family in tow. "Emily she is 3 and very shy. Nathan is 6 and Katie is 8."

Heather says taking the family to meetings is never a problem. "YF and R is the perfect fit for the family because all of the meetings are kid friendly and she can visit with other young farm families. We can share stories, see what they got going on, get ideas from them, and share ideas back. We have really liked it, it’s been great, and it’s the place to be," said Heather.

Doug Barrie served an LDS mission and knows the importance of communication, organization and reaching out. He says the YF and R programs are excellent training tools for leadership and life skills; but when he first showed up a meeting he didn't know what he was getting into.

"One day my friend Dave Williams called me and said ‘come to this meeting’ there'll be pizza and bring your kids, it’s a family thing and it'll be fun. I get there and they invite me sit on this group, this kind of panel discussion. So I stood up there and did that whole thing. I didn’t even know what it was called. But they ended up calling it a discussion meet. It was fun; everyone says I got railroaded into Farm Bureau, that’s my story," laughs Barrie.

Barrie says YF and R is preparing everyone for the future and in the process making Idaho Agriculture stronger.

"The Achiever award it’s a great opportunity for everybody to see what they’re doing to be successful, it gives us all something to shoot for and that's what we need in these times," he said. The Barries are looking forward to the YF and R annual meeting later this month in Pocatello.

YF&R Leadership Conference-January 22-24, 2009 Holiday Inn, Pocatello. Registration forms can be found on the IFBF webpage: http://www.idahofb.org/.

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