Alumni in the News

Gerald L. Brown – B.S., Accounting, 1977; M.C., Accounting, 1978

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has re-appointed Jerry Brown of Soda Springs to the Idaho Wheat Commission (IWC). Brown represents wheat producers of District Five, which includes Bannock, Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power counties. Brown and his family own and operate a dry land and irrigated farm where they raise winter and spring wheat, and barley. Jerry has farmed for over 40 years, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, a Master of Accounting from Utah State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Jerry is currently serving as a member of the US Wheat Associates board of directors (USW is the industry’s market development organization working in more than 100 countries). He is also actively involved in the Caribou County Grain Growers, the Idaho Grain Producers Association, and a board member of the Caribou Memorial Hospital. Keeping Idaho wheat growers on the cutting edge of technology continues to be Commissioner Brown’s focus. “Advances in research and technology make farming exciting for the next generation,” said Brown. “GPS, Site Specific Tillage, Variable-rate Technology, and UAV Flights make farming appealing to my son’s generation. I want to continue to develop an environment in agribusiness where young men and women can be attracted to agriculture and earn a competitive living. This can happen through advances in research and technology, and by developing effective marketing strategies.” Ned Moon, chairman of the Idaho Wheat Commission said, “The commission and staff look forward to continuing to work with Jerry as he begins his second five-year term. Jerry’s analysis of issues, and business experience, has been invaluable to the commission, we know from working with him that he is an effective leader for Idaho’s wheat producers.” Commissioner Brown also works full time as a CPA in Soda Springs. Jerry and his wife Robyn have been married for 38 years and have six children. The Browns enjoy spending time with their family, working together managing and operating the farm, camping, fishing, and backpacking.