Joseph “Genesee Joe” Anderson, Lewiston, has been reappointed by Governor Brad Little to retain his position with the Idaho Wheat Commission representing District 1 effective July 1, 2022.
Joe is co-owner of Anderson & Sons, a diversified family farm in Latah and Nez Perce counties, growing winter wheat, spring wheat and barley, pulse crops, and oilseed crops. Joe was first appointed to the Idaho Wheat Commission by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. Throughout his first term, Joe served as vice-chairman and chairman and hosted trade teams from South America and Asia, including two teams from Indonesia in 2018. Joe participated in a seven-country wheat quality export tour in 2014, visiting Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, China, and the Philippines. He also traveled to Taiwan and Vietnam with Idaho Speaker of the House Scott Bedke for a Governor’s Trade Mission in 2017 .
“It has been a privilege to serve wheat farmers in Idaho as an Idaho Wheat Commissioner,” said Commissioner Anderson. “As with most positions, we are enriched by the people we meet and serve with, as well as what we can learn along the way.”
Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ag Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Ag Mechanization from the University of Idaho. He is a 1994 graduate of Leadership Idaho Agriculture and a graduate of the Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow program through the National Association of Wheat Growers.
Genesee Joe has been involved in a number of leadership positions. Prior to his appointment to the Idaho Wheat Commission, he completed a five-year term on the Executive Board of the Idaho Grain Producers Association (IGPA) and as president of IGPA in 2012. He served as a board member of the Genesee Union Warehouse and was an associate supervisor on the Latah Soil and Water Conservation District. Joe is currently a member of the Latah County Grain Growers, a board member for U.S. Wheat Associates, and a board member for the Port of Lewiston. He represents the Port of Lewiston on the City of Lewiston’s Urban Renewal Agency.