Monday, December 14, 2009

YF&R Under New Leadership in 2010

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New YF&R Leaders Stress Leadership and Family

Malad-Last week the Austin and Maysi Tubbs of Malad were elected Idaho Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Leaders for 2010. The Tubbs are well known in the Malad Valley where they run a cow-calf and feed operation with their four sons.

Tell us about your Operation?

We live in the Malad Valley and ranch, and we farm a bit. Our main production is growing beef cattle, a cow calf operation. And we grow crops, hay and a little grain to put the animals through the winter and we wean the calves in the fall and sell some of them and some of them we maintain throughout the winter and sell in the spring.”

You’ve got a big spread here, how many head?

We run around 300-400 mother cows and we have about 400 acres of irrigated ground and a couple of thousand acres of dry land that we operate, a lot of it is in grass right now.”

How did you first become involved in Farm Bureau?

“My next door neighbor here was the county president of Farm Bureau at the time he asked if I would help him at the Farm Bureau Banquet cook meat and that’s how he got me into it, he got me involved then, we liked what were made a part of, enjoyed it and continued to be involved.”

Why Farm Bureau, and why did you become involved in YF&R?

“Coming from generation after generation of ranchers, its sad to see them disappear especially the youngsters, its nice to be involved with an organization that is striving to improve the lifestyle of farmers and ranchers. Farm Bureau cares about this lifestyle and wants to make sure there is a continued say in for generations to come.”

Maysi, your thoughts about your involvement in Farm Bureau?

“I think its really important that all the young farmers and ranchers get together and communicate with each other about the struggles we are having, and I tell Austin, I like to go to the convention each year because it gives you a boost so you can go through the next year, knowing that there are other people out there struggling and doing it, and we can do it we can raise family and it gives me a boost to go through the next year. Just to be able to associate with them and I’m amazed at what Farm Bureau does with legislation and everything it does in the legislature, everything they know, I was never aware of that until I joined Young Farmers & Ranchers, the voice we have.”

Is it a comfort to be in like-minded company?

“When you sit and visit with them and see how they do theirs, how we do ours and you see what differences, the things that you have that are the same and sometimes you take ideas that people have and try and put in your own operation a little bit.”

Austin, many farm kids never make it back to the farm after college, why did you come back?

“I know that when our first child was born, I knew only how to raise a child on a farm and that was the main pull of coming back, cause I wanted to teach my children how to work and the responsibility of that, I learned growing up and I hope that it can sustain itself so that our children and their children can continue to do things that we enjoy doing.”

In today’s world what is the appeal of an organization like YF&R?

“What’s so appealing about the Young Farmer & Ranchers is that they’re developing leaders, we need more leaders that are involved in Idaho Agriculture. If we want to continue to raise families and enjoy the lifestyle we enjoy we need YF&R to provide that opportunity. Leaders are not born, they’re molded, you spend a couple of years just attending things, maybe not getting too involved and pretty quick it sparks an interest to where you want to get involved more and then you want to become a leader, you start applying yourself within the organization on how to become a better leader. From there you get on the county chair and pretty quick some run in their district and state and that’s good to see, we need people that are willing to step up and be leaders.”

Maysi, is the traditional role of women on Farms and Ranches changing?

“I think every farm and ranch has a different role for each woman, I find that to be able to be here with my children and to raise them on a ranch, and the generation of workers in this family are very strong and the opportunities that have to be with them every day to be with my husband and work along side of him, Id rather change lines than scrapbook any day and I would rather be on a horse and chasing cows than go to a women’s meeting. It’s just what I do, meetings are not a bad thing, but this is what I do and it ties me to the land and it gives me a different perspective. It also gives me a perspective on the family that’s often lost , to be with my husband, my kids all day long; to be a homemaker, I love it.”

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