Treasure Valley Producer Is New ASGA President
While already known by many in the audience, the new president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, Galen Lee of New Plymouth, Idaho, formally introduced himself to the group as he took over the reins from Wyoming’s John Snyder at the conclusion of the 2016 annual meeting.
After paying tribute to Snyder for his service and accomplishments (see article on page 11), Lee turned to his own story. First, though, he extended his appreciation to four groups of people: the ASGA Board of Directors for their confidence in electing him president; the Nyssa/Nampa Sugarbeet Growers Association of southwestern Idaho/eastern Oregon, of which he has been president since December 2008; the Amalgamated Sugar Company, of which he is a shareholder and director, for its support; “and most of all, my family and my employees, who have — and will continue — to carry the load at home while I attend to the business of this industry.”
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Russ Mauch PHOTO by Don Lilleboe
As ironical as it may sound, the new president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association actually placed his college education on hold for this crop.
Russ Mauch was a student at North Dakota State University in the fall of 1974 — a time that coincided with the first harvest for growers of the new Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative. Among the original stockholders in the Wahpeton, N.D.- based co-op were Mauch’s father and brother, Bernard and Randy. They needed more manpower to bring in that initial beet crop, and Russ made himself available. “So I took off the fall semester of my sophomore year to drive sugarbeet truck,” he smilingly recounts.
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