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Seed Associations

Seed Association

Pictured above are members of IEOSA and WNISA boards of directors who awarded this year’s Seed Association Scholarships.  In front of the banners from left to right: Walt Scott, Jess Bice, Glen Murray, Iris Murray, Alan Yirak, Todd Flick, Richard Gilbert and Bob Johnston.

By Ella Appleby

The annual Glenn and Iris Murray Scholarship (of the Idaho Eastern Oregon Seed Association - IEOSA), Washington-North Idaho Seed Association Scholarship (WNISA), and Sanford Evans Memorial Scholarship were recently awarded for the 2012-2013 academic year.  The IEOSA and the WNSIA pool funds and members of the respective boards of directors’ interview and select recipients for the scholarships The yearly recipients and amounts are based on funds available from area seed associations.  The awardees in the coming year include: 

    1. Jesse Smit - from IEOSA
    2. Travis Chases - from IEOSA
    3. Ray Mosman - from IEOSA
    4. Steven Filter - from IEOSA
    5. Julia Christian - from WNISA
    6. Ashley Jobb – Sanford Evans Memorial

The Sanford Evans Memorial Scholarship is funded through an endowment from the former North Idaho Foundation Seed Association. 

A couple of the recipients at the awards luncheon provided by IEOSA & WNISA for the scholarship winners were able to discuss their short and long term goals.  Jesse Smit is a senior in Ag Econ from Richland, OR.  His goal is to graduate in the fall of 2012 debt free and he says that so far he has managed to do so. After graduation he plans to pursue a master’s degree here at UI in Ag Econ and eventually to work for a large agriculture company in business management or financial planning.

Ray Mosman is currently a sophomore, getting a dual degree in Ag Business and ASM.  He said he liked the interview process; it felt like a job interview but was both low pressure and professional.  He felt honored to be chosen.  His future plans are to work at a seed company or co-op for a few years the return to run the family farm in Nez Perce, Idaho.

The Idaho – Eastern Oregon Seed Association named their scholarships in honor of the work of Dr. Glen Murray. Dr. Murray is a retired, former Research Crop Physiologist of the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.  He came to UI in 1967, Professor Emeritus of Agronomy and Crop Physiology; He received both his B.S., 1962, M.S., 1964, from Montana State; he received his Ph.D., 1967, Arizona. Emeritus since 1999.   Since retiring, he has competed in Iron Man Competitions and Triathlons.  He is currently rebuilding an old truck between fishing and hunting and fly tying. 

His wife, Iris Murray is a retired elementary school teacher from McDonald Elementary.  She is now active in quilting and had some of her work at the quilting expo recently at the Moscow Fairgrounds. Both Glen and Iris are wonderful people and still reside in Moscow.  Dr. and Mrs. Murray have dedicated themselves to helping students in the agricultural fields get through college.

The scholarship monies are raised through various methods.  There is a dedicated fund from which the interest is used, donations from members that are included each year’s dues and fundraising activities such as a golf tournament and a live auction during the seed associations annual meeting.  One auction item that is popular every year is a set of tied flies by Glen Murray.  The highly coveted prize brings in between $500 to $1000 per year. Since the donation of the flies many years ago, it has become customary for each year’s winner to “hold” the collection for a year and put it up for auction at the next meeting unless they want to outbid everyone else!

These scholarships are the only scholarships for College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) students that include an interview process.  

This year they had over 55 applicants who applied based on the criteria below:

    1. Have Jr. or Sr. standing in the year they receive the scholarship
    2. GPA of 3.0 or higher, but that have given it to students with a lower GPA.
    3. Show financial need
    4. Being a Plant Science Major, Ag Business Major, or Soil Science Major is preferred, but not required.
    5. Show interest in the seed industry.

From those 55 applicants, 9 were chosen to be interviewed and 6 were given a scholarship.

The members of the board that were here on campus interviewing this year were Jess Bice of Forage Genetics in Nampa with IEOSA, Walt Scott of Scottseed in Vale, Oregon with IEOSA, Todd Flick of Pioneer Hybrids in Nampa with IEOSA, Bob Johnston of Wilber Ellis in Walla Walla, WA with WNISA, Alan Yirak of CO-AG in Rosella, WA with WNISA and Richard Gilbert of Rainer Seeds in Eltopia, WA with WNISA

According to available records from University of Idaho Financial Aid Office the totals for number and amounts of scholarships from each organization are listed below.  Please note that the office began keeping digital records in 1996 and the numbers do not reflect information that was not available that dates back to 1973 when the scholarships began in some cases.  The historical totals are most assuredly higher than available records reflect.
Idaho Eastern Oregon Seed Association Scholarship (IEOSA) – 85 scholarships totaling more than $64,000.

Washington-North Idaho Seed Association Scholarship (WNISA) – 44 scholarships totaling more than $32,000.

North Idaho Foundation Seed Association (Sanford Evans Memorial) Scholarship – 19 scholarships totaling more than $19,000.

For the 2011-2012 academic year, scholarships between the three associations totaled $10,450 and a cumulative history total of more than $155,000 given out in scholarships

The Idaho Eastern Oregon Seed Association (IEOSA) scholarship began in 1973 with an initial award of $200. Since that beginning the association has grown to over 70 members and has given out many scholarships.  Due to the work done by Glen at UI and his involvement in the seed association, it is now called the Glen and Iris Murray scholarship since his retirement.

Who is IEOSA?

“In the summer of 1940, an informal meeting of Idaho seed industry people was held to discuss the formation of a seed association. During the next few years, this idea was discussed by various seedmen, but it wasn't until August 9, 1944, that Mr. Carl Bowden called a meeting in Boise, Idaho, to actually form an association comprised of field and garden seed dealers from Idaho and Eastern Oregon.

It was felt that communication and cooperation among members of the seed industry was necessary to fully understand and comply with government restrictions and regulations imposed by the OPA (Office of Price Administration). Thirty-five seedmen representing 22 firms attended this organizational meeting. It was decided to form a temporary organization to function immediately. Art Steele was elected president; other officers included a vice-president, a secretary-treasurer and two directors. This group was charged with the responsibility of drawing up by-laws for the new organization.

At the December 1944 meeting in Boise, it was decided to apply for membership in the American Seed Trade Association. The first combined meeting of the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Seed Association and the Pacific Seed Association was held in Sun Valley in late May 1948.

The Association held its summer meeting at Shore Lodge, McCall, Idaho, for the first time in June 1949. (It must have snowed because summer meetings were held at Sun Valley for a good number of years after that.)

At the mid-winter meeting held in Boise, Idaho, in December 1954, Jim Shields, Jr., pointed out the need for a seed trade committee to work with the Idaho Crop Improvement Association and the University of Idaho Extension Service. Thus the Idaho Seed Council was formed and its constitution approved at the Sun Valley meeting in June 1955. Art Steele was the first president.

In December 1957, the Seed Council held their first seed school in Boise the day prior to mid-winter meetings. 205 people attended. The first trade show in connection with the seed school was held in 1960.

In 1998 suggestions began to surface that there was too much duplication between the Seed Council and IEOSA. Truman Kohtz was appointed to chair a committee to review these concerns. As a result of the committee’s work, and after review by the board, a recommendation to merge the Seed Council into IEOSA was brought to the membership at the 1999 summer meeting in McCall, Idaho. This recommendation was unanimously approved and became effective immediately.”


The Washington-North Idaho Seed Association (WNISA) joined IEOSA in giving out scholarships here at UI.  They also have over 70 members and give $7000 per year in scholarships.  That money is split between UI and WSU equally.  WNISA is the legal end of the seed association.  They keep track of legislation concerning seeds.  They raise their funds through auctions, golf tournament and poker tournaments at the Seed School every year.  When I asked them what they liked about the interviews, they said is gives them a face-to-face contact.  Often people are one person on paper and another person at face value.  The interview is the best way to see the enthusiasm of the student and that is important to them.

The North Idaho Foundation Seed Association (NIFSA), aka the Sanford Evans Memorial Scholarship is an endowment set up in the memory of Sanford Evans.

The following data is extracted from Illustrated History of the State of Idaho.

“The self-made man, when he has made a place for himself in the world and installed himself in it, has done as much for the world as he has done for himself. The builder of his own fortunes is an active factor in advancing the best interests of the community in which he lives and flourishes, and every dollar he makes for himself becomes, in a sense, public capital. Such a progressive and helpful citizen is Sanford Evans, of Genesee, a prominent farmer and mill owner, who has done as much for the development of Genesee and its tributary territory as any other man. A glance at the successful incidents in his career affords an index to his character and a suggestion of the prime reason of his success. He would appear to be a man who plans far ahead, and, adhering tenaciously to his plans, works untiringly to insure their success. 

Sanford Evans is of Welsh ancestry. His forefathers settled in the part of old Virginia now known as West Virginia, where Benjamin Evans, his grandfather, was a successful farmer. Silas Evans, son of Benjamin and father of Sanford Evans, was born in Virginia, succeeded to the old Evans homestead, married Miss Peggie Walker, a native of his own state, and lived well-to-do and respected until after his sixty-ninth birthday. His wife died in her sixty-sixth year. They had eight children, seven of whom are living. Sanford Evans, their third child, was born in what is now known as West Virginia, January 8, 1848. He was educated in schools near his home, and at the age of twenty-one years went to Missouri and began life for himself. He worked at first as a farm hand and remained there with varying fortune for about six years. In 1874 he crossed the plains with a team and went to the Willamette valley, thence to Walla Walla and from there came on to Nez Perces county, Idaho, and located on one hundred and sixty acres of government land.

At that time Mr. Evans had little besides his horse and wagon and his few personal belongings. But he was rich in ambition and had splendid capital in power for a goodly aggregate number of days' work, upon which he drew liberally, and which he invested profitably. For eight years he lived a lonely bachelor life on his place. He paid for it and enlarged his holdings from time to time until he was the owner of eleven hundred and forty acres of nice land. Meantime his attention was directed to another means to the improvement of his fortune and he availed himself of it and improved it with the tenacity of purpose that has characterized his career. While he was building a fine large residence and other good buildings on his property he engaged in conducting a warehouse business in Genesee. This enterprise grew to such proportion that when his warehouse burned, January 9, 1899, he lost forty-eight thousand bushels of wheat. Notwithstanding he carried heavy insurance, he sustained an actual cash loss of about three thousand dollars. But he has already erected a new flouring mill and warehouse and has entered upon a new era of prosperity. His mill is supplied with modern roller-process machinery and has a capacity of seventy-five barrels of flour a day. He sows four hundred acres of wheat every year, and one year he garnered twenty-one thousand bushels from eleven hundred acres, and on four hundred acres of summer fallow he once raised twelve thousand bushels.

Mr. Evans returned to West Virginia in 1886, and, at his old home, married Miss Erma Burgess, daughter of Columbus Burgess, who came of an old Virginia family. They have three interesting children, named Edgar, Roy and Minnie. Mr. Evans is a Republican, but is not enough of a practical politician to have any desire for office. He believes he will best serve his personal interests by giving his attention entirely to his large and growing business. He is a Knight of Pythias and is popular in social and business circles, and has proved himself a public-spirited and progressive citizen, devoted to all worthy interests of Genesee.”

Source: Illustrated History of the State of Idaho

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the recipients of the Seed Associations’ scholarships heartily thank the commitment and generosity given by the members of the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Seed Association, Washington-North Idaho Seed Association, North Idaho Foundation Seed Association, Sanford Evans, and Glen & Iris Murray.  The support shown by these folks over the years has made many dreams come true.

Thank you.

Omotoyosi O. Adekunle
Heath  Gimmestad Jeffrey T. Nelson
Nathan P. Adelman Tommy A. Goodwin Jessica L. Nelson
Aaron M. Ball Whitney S.  Goodwin Shea M. Nesbitt
Lee  Barigar Charles  Grasham Julie  M. Obermeyer
Mark E.  Barnes Michael L. Greene Melissa  Obermeyer
Mary E.  Barstow Martha  Hartmans Terry  Olson
David S.  Belles Bryan S.  Hawley Mark  Pavek
Billie  Bettis Delaine J. Hawley Terry  Perrin
Marc  Boyer Janet  Hays Sara K. Pfeiffer
Adam  Burk Jeff  Hayson Laura L. Pickard
Arron H. Carter Todd B. Hines Gregory A. Rambo
Thomos  Case Heather  Hoadley Carol L. Rasmussen
Travis J. Chase Maggie M. Hopwood Tyler J. Reynolds
Julia  Christian Michael C. Hubbard Alina R. Rice
Diane  Clifford Jeremy V. Jensen Jerri J. Richardson
Craig  Codr Ashley  Jobb Todd M. Rodriques
Kendra R. Colyar Steve N. Kaufman Joshua G. Sanders
Michele J. Conley David D. Klaveano Carol  Sattler
Jason R. Davenport John T. Klimes Brandon L. Schiess
Jim  Davis Jessica D. Knox Matthew  Schuster
Kaleb C. Davis Anne L. Konen Jill M. Schwartz
Chad B. Denny Peggy F. Lamb Janel C. Shaw
Edward P. Driskill Jessica C. Langley Jesse E.  Smit
Shane N. Duncan Michael S.  Lee Jennifer  Smith
Cameron W. Eden Mike  Lee Kathryn  Stewart
Brian  Elliot Michael  Lees Kelly  Thomas
Richard  Evans Miranda E.  Main Delwayne  Trefz
Eileen  Falen Trey E.  Mallory Misty D. Tucker
Steven  Filter James R. McCall Melissa L. van Wyngaardt
Lorie A. Fox Nolan R. Mills Angela D. Vanhoozer
Scott  Freiburger Brian L. Morter Alex M. Vigil
Michael  Frost Katelyn C. Mosman Steven C. Vining
Phillip N. Fry Raymond  Mosman Nicholas G. Waters
Cristina M. Galloway Airon A. Mothershed Jon T. Weeks
Josue M. Garza Ann L. Munden Matthew J. West
Carly R. Geidl Cheryl A. Myers Erik  Zavalo-Bravo
  Tracy  Nakamura