Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Just in from Boise

NFL Legend to Address Idaho Young Farmers and Ranchers
BOISE - Former Green Bay Packer Jerry Kramer will address the Idaho Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher’s Annual Leadership Conference at 10 a.m. on Saturday January 28th, at the Boise Hotel and Convention Center.
Kramer was born in Montana but lived most of his early years in Sandpoint.
After graduating from Sandpoint High in 1954, he accepted a football scholarship to the University of Idaho. Kramer’s good size, speed and athletic ability elevated him to star status for the Vandals. After graduation Kramer played in the East-West Shrine Game and the College All-Star Game, defeating the defending NFL Champion Detroit Lions. Kramer had his jersey retired by the University of Idaho.
Kramer was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and won the starting right guard position his rookie year. With the Packers he won five NFL titles and the first two Super Bowls. Kramer also was the team’s kicker in ’62, 63, and part of 1968.
Kramer was named All-Pro five times and is the only member of the NFL's 50th Anniversary All-Time team who is not a member the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Near the end of his career in 1967, Kramer collaborated with Dick Schapp on his first book, the best-selling Instant Replay, a diary of the season which chronicled the life of an offensive lineman in the NFL.
Kramer and Schaap would write two more books together. Kramer played his last year under new head coach Phil Bengtson in 1968. After that season, which saw the aging Packers fall to a losing record of 6-7-1, Kramer wrote a second book, Farewell to Football. After retiring, Kramer briefly worked as a color commentator on CBS National Football League telecasts.
The Idaho Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference is the largest gathering of young farmers and ranchers (between the ages of 18 and 35) in the state of Idaho, commonly attracting over 200 attendees. The organization was established to cultivate future Farm Bureau leaders.
This year’s conference theme is “Engage – Act – Win.” The group will tour the Idaho Statehouse and attend workshops on planning for success and sustaining profitability on beef cow / calf operations. The workshops will be led by Colorado State University Extension Agriculture and Business Management Specialists Rod Sharp and Jeff Tranel.
A grain marketing workshop will be hosted by Clark Johnston, a grain marketing specialist and owner of JC Management Co., of Ogden, Utah. The group will also attend an evening banquet and participate in a scholarship auction.
Kendall Keller is the IFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers coordinator. He can be reached

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