What is a land grant university and why does it matter – especially when it comes to Idaho’s agriculture industry? The third and final episode of the Higher Education Series features the programs and groundbreaking research taking place in the University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), arguably the R&D arm for much of Idaho’s ag industry. Learn more about U of I led projects in agriculture like the nation’s largest research dairy, methods to study soil deeper than anywhere in the world, and how U of I CALS is in your backyard, contributing to the health and prosperity of Idahoans statewide.
The Higher Education Series is made possible by the generous support of Sparklight!
For over 16 years, Ariel Agenbroad has served southwest Idaho as a University of Idaho Extension professor and educator focused on community food systems, urban agriculture and small farms. Her areas of specialization include home and market vegetable production, food safety, direct marketing of small farm products, organic production and gardening with youth.
Mark McGuire is a University Distinguished Professor and internationally recognized leader in nutrition, lactation, and the sustainability of agriculture. He serves as Associate Dean in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho and directs the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station.
Zachary Kayler is an assistant professor in the Department of Soil and Water Systems in the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. His projects focus on the understanding of ecosystem biogeochemical cycles within natural and managed ecosystems with an emphasis on sustainability, resilience, diversity and adaptation. Among other projects, Kayler is a co-principal investigator on the $19 million Deep Soil Ecotron project that will study soil at depths greater than anywhere else in the world.
A U of I alum in mechanical engineering, Pat Purdy manages his family’s Picabo-based operation where they raise dairy quality hay, malt barley, and mustard seed in addition to running a cow/calf operation, private fishing club and guiding and outfitting business. Pat is a member of the Idaho Grain Producers Association, previous Idaho Barley Commissioner and currently serves on the U of I College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Advisory Board.
Carly Schoepflin (Guest moderator)
Carly Schoepflin is the director for communications and strategic initiatives in the U of I College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Raised on a wheat and barley farm in central Montana, Carly received her degree in public relations from Washington State University and has experience working in creative agencies and large-scale events production.
The In Search of Civility virtual series a partnership between the Boise Metro Chamber and The Idaho Association of Cities. It addresses complex issues that are often challenging and divisive. Our hosts will demonstrate how civility and democracy should work to address contentious issues, misinformation and partisanship.
This month's topic is "Policymaking in Action." Guests include Brian Kane, Executive Director of the National Association of Attorneys General, Luke Malek, attorney and former state legislator (Republican) and Mat Erpelding, former state legislator (Democrat). The group will discuss how collaborating with stakeholders is the best way to achieve ideal policy. The group will also discuss the impacts of bad policy.
Co-Hosts Kelley Packer (Executive Director of the Association of Idaho Cities) and Kathy Griesmyer (Director of Government Affairs at City of Boise) moderate these meaningful panel discussions.
In Search of Civility is sponsored by Hawley-Troxell, and is supported by media partners: Idaho Capital Sun, Idaho Education News, Idaho Press and Idaho Statesman.
The series is broadcast live on the Boise Metro Chamber’s Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn pages, as well as the following partner Facebook pages: the Association of Idaho Cities, Idaho Capital Sun, Idaho Education News, Idaho Press and Idaho Statesman.
Panelists discussed artificial intelligence, such as “ChatGPT,” as it applies to higher education.
This discussion will be moderated by Holly Cook, PR Manager for the Boise Metro Chamber.
The Higher Education Series is made possible by our presenting sponsor, Sparklight, and from the support of sponsor IDeal, Idaho's College Savings Program.
Original air date: April 27, 2023. Copyright Boise Metro Chamber. All Rights Reserved.
Co-hosts Kelley Packer and Kathy Griesmyer discussed "Education Pressures & Politics," and welcomed these guests:
"In Search of Civilty" is a series dedicated to the idea that truth exists, but cannot be found without a sincere exchange of ideas. Civility in our discourse, we believe, is necessary for advancement and preservation of relationships, institutions and society. To agree, one must first disagree well. Listening actively to key stakeholders, giving your political opponents respect, the benefit of the doubt, empathy and sympathy for their motives. Ultimately, civility gives us the opportunity for our own ideas and notions to change; bringing improvements to our own lives, and even society as a whole.
Civil dialogue can affect positive change, which is why we strive to help important conversations take place. We started this series in January 2021 and remain committed to discussing the challenges facing our state and communities.
The In Search of Civility Series is generously sponsored by Hawley-Troxell, Boise's premier law firm.
The Boise Metro Chamber's Legislative Update Series is a virtual series hosted by the Chamber's Community and Government Affairs Manager, Tori Thomas. The Legislative Update Series is broadcast LIVE on the Boise Metro Chamber's Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter platforms.
This episode is a legislative session wrap-up with three of Idaho's politics experts:
The Legislative Update Series is made possible by the generous support of Optum Idaho.
Special thanks to our media partners: Idaho Capital Sun, Idaho Education News, and the Idaho Press.
Panelists discuss what Idaho colleges and universities are doing to increase students’ access to higher education.
Moderator: Holly Cook, PR Manager for the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce
The Boise Metro Chamber Higher Education Series is made possible by our Presenting Sponsor: Sparklight
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The Boise Metro Chamber's Legislative Update Series is a virtual series hosted by the Chamber's contract lobbyist, Sarah Bettwieser. It is broadcast LIVE on the Boise Metro Chamber's Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter platforms. This episode focuses on legislative issues in the areas of education and workforce. Guests include: - Debbie Critchfield, Superintendent of Public Instruction - House Majority Leader Megan Blanksma - Wendi Secrist, Executive Director of the Idaho Workforce Development Council The Legislative Update Series is made possible by the generous support of Optum Idaho.
The FIRST EVER YP Development Summit was a huge success! Young professionals from across the Treasure Valley came to the Boise Centre for a half day of professional development and educational sessions from local leaders, including Boise Mayor Lauren Mclean, Adán De La Paz, Paul Hales, Erin Anderson, Jimmy Hallyburton, Chris Taylor, Allison Bruce, Dale Dixon, Mark Groves, Larry Geyer, Jeff Jackson, Gordon Jones, Jennifer Hensley, Emily Baker, Katie Gaston, and Sierra White. Then, they cheered on the Idaho Steelheads! This event was designed and executed by Boise Young Professionals, a program of the Boise Metro Chamber.
This fun and educational event was made possible by co-sponsors Lamb Weston & Vacasa; by supporting sponsors Jacksons Food Stores, Micron Technology, MassMutual Idaho, erstad; by scholarship sponsors Cutting Edge Landscape, Lamb Weston & Albertsons Companies; by headshot sponsor Better Business Bureau of Idaho, and by media sponsor Boise Weekly!
The Policy Committee is made up of the Chairs of our Boise Metro Chamber Committees, Councils and Industry Boards and includes members of our Board of Advisors and Chamber Leadership. The Policy Committee meets each week during the legislative session, which is traditionally January through March. This committee helps to monitor legislation which affects businesses of all sizes, helps determine the need for advocacy efforts, and formulates position statements on notable issues and legislation. The committee works closely with the Chamber's Government Advocacy team to advocate for business-friendly state and federal policy.
This video describes the efforts of the collective group in 2022. The Policy Committee is Chaired by Tom Mortell, Co-Managing Partner of Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley, LLP. Special thanks to our video production partners, Light Bender Media, for producing this video.
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Last night was a night we won't soon forget, with incredible music from John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting at the 139th annual Boise Metro Chamber Gala!
This video by Light Bender Media was shared during the event, and we wanted to share it here for those who were unable to attend.
Special thanks to Diamond Sponsor Blue Cross of Idaho and Platinum Sponsor Bank of Idaho. Please check out our photo gallery from the event on our blog:
Thank you to all who attended and supported the event! We hope to see you at next year's event!
(PS -- Don't forget to tag us in your photos and use hashtag #2022BMCGala )