Are EWE going to join us for an awesome time at the IWGA Convention?

Mark your calendars for a fun time to come together and talk sheep, learn more about sheep, get industry updates for sheep, conduct the business of the association defending those raising sheep and get away from the sheep!

We have an incredible line up of speakers and educational sessions planed at one of the nicest hotels in the Boise area. Join us November 5th and 6th at the Riverside hotel for our convention. Remember, Western States has canceled their convention this year, so this will be THE convention for the area! Invite your friends across Idaho and the surrounding states. And, hey, for that matter, invite friends from all over the country!

Check back here for updates on the schedule and confirmed speakers for the convention. In the meantime, fill out the registration form below and send us your payment. We are really looking forward to providing this meeting for you all and can’t wait to see EWE there!



Idaho Wool Growers Association Presents

The Idaho “Mini” 24-Hour Convention

Riverside Inn, Boise, Idaho

Nov. 5 & 6, 2020





8:00 am: Registration Opens


8:00 am: Non-Convention Meetings Start These meetings are open to the public, but are in no way a part of the convention. They are being held at the Riverside Inn in conjunction with our convention for convenience sake.

8:05 to 8:50 am           Ram Sale Committee Meeting

9:05 to 9:50 am           Animal Damage Control Board Meeting

10:05 to 10:50 am       Idaho Sheep and Goat Health Board Meeting


12:00 (noon): Opening Ceremony Luncheon (Sponsored by the Idaho Sheep and Goat Health Board)

Welcoming Remarks—Naomi Gordon, IWGA Executive Director

Invocation—Gary McCuin, University of Nevada (Not Confirmed Yet)

Flag Salute—Blake Youngkin, Son of Jason and Shantel Youngkin (Not Confirmed Yet)

Idaho Sheep and Goat Health Board Presentation—Kim Royer, ISGHB Chairman


1:30 pm: Member Meeting

Introduction of Guests/Review of Program—John Noh, IWGA President

President’s Remarks—John Noh, IWGA President

Executive Director’s Yearly Report—Naomi Gordon, IWGA Executive Director

Board Election Process

Board Member Nominations for Committee


3:00 pm: Break


3:15 pm: Speaker—Kaitlyn GloverExecutive Director, Public Lands Council & NCBA Natural Resources (Wash. D. C.) Glover will delve into the legalities of recent events involving the permanent retiring of Idaho AUM’s, the proper transfer of AUM’s and the new legislative items her and her staff are working on


4:00 pm: Speaker—Judy Boyle, Idaho State Representative and Agriculture Affairs Chair (Midvale, ID) Rep. Boyle will be speaking about how the state of Idaho’s Agriculture has fared through the Covid-19 crisis and what she foresees this coming legislative session.


4:30 pm: Break


4:45 pm: Keynote Speaker—Jessi RobertsOwner of Cheeky’s Clothing Line and Author of the book Backyard Boss Lady (New Plymouth, ID) Roberts was the Keynote Speaker for Inc 500 in New York last year and has built her business from nothing in New Plymouth, Idaho to a $22+ Million phenomenon. She will be speaking on how she and her family recovered from losing it all and how they turned their lives, and their hometown, around.


5:30 pm: Book Signing


6:00 pm: Shepherd’s Dinner

Awards Ceremony

Reveal New Logo

Winners of Silent Auction



8:00 am: Breakfast 


9:00 am: Board of Directors Meeting


Adjourn/Retire the Last Board

Call to Order with the New Board

Review of Minutes

Financials for FY19-20

Plan for FY20-21



(These will take place during the BOD Meeting. Please plan accordingly)


9:30 am: Session A—Marketing Your Lamb/Wool Through the Idaho Preferred Program 

Laura Johnson, Market Development Division Bureau Chief for the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (Boise, ID) Johnson will be speaking about ways you can capitalize on the ISDA Idaho Preferred program and other types of marketing means available to you (sheep producers) in the area.


9:30 am: Session B—NSIP & Barber Pole Worm Workshop (Sponsored by the ISGHB)

Caleb Pirc, IWGA Government Affairs Manager and Parasite Control Trainer (Meridian, ID)

            Description coming soon


10:45 am: Session A—Unusual Ideas to Make Money From Your Wool

Deanna Timm, (Idaho Falls, ID)

Description coming soon to include wool for electronics, and the cabin industry


10:45 am: Session B—When Do You Need A Trapper + How To Make Money Off of Coyote Pelts

Rusty Kramer, President of the Idaho Trappers Association (Fairfield, ID)

Description coming soon to include making hundreds of dollars off of pelts


12:00 am: Closing Ceremony Luncheon

Final Remarks

Committee/Volunteer Sign Ups

PLEASE NOTE: Rooms are not covered in the convention cost. Please contact the Riverside hotel and mention the Idaho Wool Growers Association (IWGA) when you reserve your room.



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