2014 Scholarship Recipients Announced

The Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association is pleased to announce that 22 students will receive scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year.

There were 59 applications and judges read through each of them. The judging was very close. The IIEA will award $14,000 in scholarships this year to the following students: Breeanna Attebury, Owen Baroli, Travis Chase, Hanna Chaffin, Lauren Clark, Morgan Cortez, Micah Good, Dillan Henslee, Austin Hanny, Roy Handley, Stormie Kidd, Jessica Lancaster, Jeremy Leavitt, Valene Lickley, Samantha McGhie, Justin Nesbitt, Gunnar Rawlings, Colby Searle, Porter Simper, Cassie Smith, Allysha Yasuda, and Mathew Zimmerman.


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Brice Beck is 2013 IIEA Person of the Year

Brice Beck, owner of Butte Irrigation, Paul and Kimberly, has been selected as the Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association's 201 3 Person of the Year.

The IIEA Person of the Year is an award given annually to a distinguished member of the organization that has provided many years of service and accomplishments to the irrigation industry and to the association. The award, which is voted on by the officers and board of directors, was given on January 15 , at the IIEA membership banquet at the Morey's Event Center, Burley, Idaho . Longtime friend and employee, Tad Barrie, provided a tribute before Beck was awarded a plaque.

"It was an unexpected honor and privilege to receive this award from the Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association," said Beck.

"The IIEA, which is celebrating its 43 third year as an association, is one of the best associations that I have been associated with as it is made up of the best suppliers, dealers, manufacturers, and consultants in the business," Beck explained.

"This award is even more special because of all of the great friends in the industry and family members that were in the audience," said Beck who served as the president of the IIEA in 1993. He has also supported his employees as they have volunteered time with the association.

"The members of the IIEA are like an extended family and some of the best friends you could ask for." Beck also thanked all of his employees that have made Butte Irrigation what it is today, claiming they are the best employees in the industry.

Beck grew up on a farm south of Burley and got his first taste of the irrigation Industry moving siphon tubes and hand lines. He worked for his father, Wayne Beck, who taught him a good work ethic and the importance of being honest and exceeding expectations. Beck graduated from Utah State University in 1983 and was enrolled in graduate school in 1984 when he was offered a job as an agricultural loan officer for Valley Bank.

He worked for Valley Bank for five years and was the Burley, Idaho Branch Assistant Manager and Vice President when he was approached by Dale Adams and offered a job to be the Manager of Butte Irrigation in Paul, Idaho in the fall of 1988. He accepted the job and later became a partner with Adams.

Butte Irrigation, which began in 1975, has grown into one of the largest irrigation dealers in the area. They sell most major brands of wheel lines, hand lines, pumps, PVC, variable frequency drives, fittings and parts. Butte Irrigation has been recognized as being a top five dealer nationally for Zimmatic Products and has received many other top dealer awards over the years. Butte Irrigation currently has 35 employees providing sales, design, service, installation, welding, trenching, excavation, electrical and parts. In 2013, Butte Irrigation opened a second location for parts in Kimberly, Idaho to better serve their market area.

Besides his service with the IIEA, Beck has also served as a charter member of the Rain Bird Ag Dealer Council and has been elected to two terms on the Lindsay Dealer Council serving as chairman in 1994. He was awarded an Honorary State FFA Degree in 1993 and has served on the FFA advisory committee for more than 25 years. He was a member of the Cassia County Fair Board for 13 years and has been a member of the Fat Stock Sale committee for more than 30 years. He served on the College of Southern Idaho Foundation for two years and has been involved with many other educational committees over the years.

Beck and his wife, Judi, are the parents of one son, Kade, who is currently a senior at Utah State University. They reside in Declo, Idaho and enjoy many outdoor activities including archery, trap shooting, golfing, fishing, hunting, and watching sports.




Dana Duffin

IIEA elects new officers for 2014

Elections for the 2014 Officers and Board of Directors for the Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association were held recently in Burley, Idaho. Dana Duffin, The Sprinkler Shop, Paul, will serve as president; Bob Hand, Nelson Irrigation Corp., Walla Walla, Wash., got the nod as vice president and Ron Sessler, Dykman Electrical, Boise, was elected as treasurer.

Three board members were elected to two-year terms: Quentin Nesbitt, Idaho Power Co., Boise; Dallas Jensen, Agri-Lines Irrigation, Parma and Roger Yasuda, Clearwater Supply, Ontario, Oregon. Derick Attebury, Rain For Rent, Idaho Falls; Loni Monson, Pipeco, Inc., Nampa and Tawna Root, Layne Pumps Inc., Twin Falls, have one more year on their terms. Kent Kidd, Valmont Industries, Declo, will serve as past president.

The following members will serve as committee chairs for association activities this year: Education Chair: Howard Neibling, University of Idaho, Kimberly; Scholarship Chair: Dirk Leavitt, Valmont Industries, American Falls; Ag Membership Jim Mitchell, TRO Sales, Meridian; Turf Membership Chair Jim Moyer, Irrigation Design, Meridian.

The chairmen for the 2015 Idaho Irrigation Equipment Show and Conference in Idaho Falls will be Cody Kemp, HD Fowler, Idaho Falls and Kendall Rolfe, Rain For Rent, Idaho Falls. Tondee Clark, Boise, has begun her 18th year as secretary.

The IIEA was established in 1971 and membership consists of more than 115 separate entities including wholesale suppliers, retail dealers, equipment manufacturers, public utilities and educational institutions engaged in serving Idaho’s agricultural and landscape irrigation equipment needs.

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IIEA Summer Meeting is in Lava Hot Springs July 31-Aug 1

The Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association will return to Lava Hot Springs for its annual Summer Meeting.

Save the dates of Thursday, July 31 and Friday August 1st for the family-friendly event.

Making lodging reservations now at a hotel of your choice.

Registration information and schedule are coming in May.