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A Conversation with Cecil Andrus
Thursday, November 10, 2011, 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
The Grove Hotel
Cecil D. Andrus Former Idaho Gov. and author Chris Carlson

Former Idaho Governor and Interior Secretary Cecil D. Andrus will reminisce about his life in Idaho and national politics with Chris Carlson, the author of a newly published book, Cecil Andrus: Idaho’s Greatest Governor (Caxton Press). The two also will take questions from the audience.

Andrus served as Idaho’s governor for 14 years, making him the longest-serving governor in Idaho’s history. He was known as a pro-business Democrat who made education a top priority. A tough negotiator with Republican leaders, he also had a knack for humor and an amazing talent for remembering people’s names. An active sportsman, Andrus made land conservation and environmental protection high priorities. In the late 1980s, he oversaw the creation of the Idaho Division of Tourism, recognizing that industry's potential as an economic driver for the state.

Beyond Andrus' tenure as governor, he served as Secretary of the Interior during the Carter administration, winning acclaim for his successful conservation efforts, including the monumental Alaska Public Lands Act. He served eight years in the Idaho Senate and participated in the 1965 session, which many believe to have been Idaho’s single-most-productive legislative session. That year, a sales tax was approved by the Legislature and the Idaho State Parks system was created.

Chair: Marty Peterson
Moderator: Marty Peterson
Underwriters: Bank of the Cascades
Sawtooth Society
Spink Butler
Idaho Feeds the World
Monday, October 24, 2011, 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
The Grove Hotel
Rick Waitley Food Producers of Idaho, Jeff Williams Glanbia Foods, Rick Phillips Simplot Agribusiness Group

It’s estimated that 925 million people go hungry every day while the world’s population grows at unsustainable rates. At the same time, urban development is gnawing away at the earth’s most productive agricultural lands. Some fear we are at a critical crossroads. Join us for a lunch of all-Idaho food as three representatives of Idaho agriculture explore how Idaho helps feed the world.

Idaho’s robust and diverse agricultural industry influences the world’s food supply in dramatic ways. Our state produces more than 140 commodities including dairy, trout, mint, onions, asparagus, plums, prunes and, of course, potatoes. Seeds from Idaho’s unique production areas are planted in virtually every country on the globe. Idaho exports more than $1.5 billion worth of food and agriculture products worldwide. In addition, many Idaho farmers and ranchers sell their goods at farmers markets throughout the state to satisfy a growing public demand for locally grown food.

Our three experts will share their perspectives and then take questions from the audience. Rick Waitley, executive director of the Food Producers of Idaho, will offer a glimpse of the “Earth as an Apple,” highlighting the land where our food supply grows worldwide. Jeff Williams, CEO and president of Glanbia Foods, will discuss his company's production of dairy products in Idaho and around the globe. Rick Phillips, manager of public affairs for the Simplot Agribusiness Group, will address Simplot’s role in world food production.

Chair: Rich Garber
Moderator: Richard Gardner
Underwriters: Northwest Nazarene University

From Boise to Italy: How cutting-edge DNA work freed Amanda Knox
Greg Hampikian
Tuesday, November 29, 2011



A Conversation with Cecil Andrus
Cecil D. Andrus, Chris Carlson
Thursday, November 10, 2011



Idaho Feeds the World
Rick Waitley, Jeff Williams, Rick Phillips
Monday, October 24, 2011



An Update from Washington D.C. with Congressman Raul R. Labrador
Congressman Raul R. Labrador
Tuesday, September 27, 2011



The Challenge of Tough Financial Times for Idaho’s Largest School Districts
Linda Clark, Don Coberly
Wednesday, September 7, 2011



Idaho’s Emerging Wine Industry
Moya Shatz, Ron Bitner, Glenn Coogan
Tuesday, August 16, 2011



Investing in Troubled Times: Is This Time Different?
Bob Maynard, Henry D’Auria, Toby Nangle
Wednesday, June 22, 2011


The State of Idaho Politics on the Eve of Redistricting
Norm Semanko, Larry Grant
Monday, May 23, 2011



Serious Foolishness: Idaho’s Fool Squad
Joe Golden, Tom Willmorth
Friday, May 6, 2011



Presentation of the Dottie & Ed Stimpson Award for Civic Engagement
Mikel Ward and Marty Peterson
Tuesday, April 26,2011 


The Future of Boise State University Athletics
Gene Bleymaier
Monday, April 18, 2011



Conversation with the Country
Admiral Mike Mullen
Monday, April 4, 2011



Summoning the Will to Reduce the Deficit
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
Tuesday, March 22, 2011



How Successful Nonprofits Adapt to Change
Bea Black, Jim Everett
Thursday, March 3, 2011



Education Reform – Stretching Dollars in Tough Times
Tom Luna
Friday, February 18, 2011



2011 Legislature: The Pundits Weigh In
Dan Popkey, Betsy Z. Russell, Jim Weatherby
Wednesday, January 12, 2011



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