On Feb. 8, Galen Lee of New Plymouth was elected vice president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association at their annual meeting in Tampa. The association represents approximately 10,000 growers in 11 states.
Lee and his parents, Art and Freda Lee, own and operate Sunnyside Farm, a diversified row crop and livestock operation. In addition to 230 acres of sugarbeets, the 1,250-acre operation also raises asparagus and peppermint as cash crops, and alfalfa, corn silage, peas, and earlage for the 250-head dairy and 85 head cow/calf operation. They also raise all their heifers and steers from both operations.
Lee serves as president of the Nyssa-Nampa Sugarbeet Growers Association and has been on the board for 14 years. He served three years on the Snake River Sugar Company board of directors and five years on the American Sugarbeet Growers Association board of directors. In addition, he is on the board of the Idaho Mint Growers Association, Payette Valley Dairy Herd Improvement Association and is president of the Payette County Farm Bureau.