Froid, Montana, Farmer Elected Chairman of National Board


In its quarterly meeting, the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council National Board elected Kim Murray as its chairman. Murray is a farmer near Froid, MT, and has represented the state on the national board since 2007. In addition, Murray is chair of the Montana Pulse Advisory Committee.

“I am honored to have been chosen chairman of the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council,” said Murray. “Montana has become a major player in the production of dry peas and lentils, and it is important we do our part in moving the industry forward. I believe the pulse industry has a bright future with tremendous growth potential."

Joe Bloms with Viterra in Ray, ND, was elected as the vice-chairman and is the trade association representative on the executive officer team. Pat Smith, a Kendrick, ID, farmer, was elected as secretary/treasurer.

Jim Thompson, a Farmington, WA, farmer, stepped down as chairman after a three-year tenure at the helm of the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council. In those three years, Thompson was instrumental in securing a pilot program for revenue crop insurance on dry peas, lentils and chickpeas as well as being actively involved in numerous hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill to advocate on behalf of pulse crops across the nation.

“In addition, Jim is a founding member of the American Pulse Association which is a joint venture between the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council and the U.S. Dry Bean Council to work on increasing health, nutrition, functionality and sustainability research on pulse crops,” said Tim McGreevy, USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council CEO. “Jim has been a great leader and a great chairman. The new officers will pick up where he left off.”

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