The Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame
2019 Ed Duren Memorial
Young Producer Award
The Ed Duren Memorial Young Producer Award recognizes an Eastern Idaho rancher/farmer/food producer, 35 years of age or younger, who is directly engaged in production agriculture, for innovative or notable production practices and leadership/service benefiting the Agricultural industry. The recipient of this award represents the exciting future of agriculture in Eastern Idaho.
Launched in 2018, this award is presented in memory of Edward Paul Duren, a man whose positive impact on agriculture in Eastern Idaho is beyond measure. A University of Idaho Extension Livestock Specialist based in Soda Springs, Idaho, Ed spent a 39-year career (and many more years as a professor emeritus) providing education, outreach and leadership to producers and organizations across Idaho and beyond.
Ed was nationally and internationally respected as a trailblazer, author and educator, and was a tireless advocate for the involvement of youth in agriculture and agricultural experiences. He pioneered a holistic ranch business model he titled “integrated resource management,” and was instrumental in linking university faculty and allied industry with Idaho farmers and ranchers for applied on-farm research and demonstrations responding to locally-identified needs.
As well as state and national leadership, Ed served for several years as a board member of the Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame. He was inducted into both the Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame and the Eastern Idaho Horsemen’s Hall of Fame, and received many other honors and awards, but was particularly gratified when a young Idaho farmer or rancher was successful, and in turn, gave back to the industry.
Ed had a lifelong passion for family, agriculture, education and draft horses.
The recipient of the Ed Duren Memorial Young Producers Award is selected by the EIAHF Board from candidates identified by the EIAHF Board and Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame inductees. The recipient is recognized at the annual Reception & Banquet.
2019 Ed Duren Memorial Young Producer Award Recipient
MaCoy Ward, Dubois, Idaho
Dubois and Terreton area farmer/rancher MaCoy Ward received the 2019 Ed Duren Memorial Young Producer Award at the Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame Reception & Banquet March 22, 2019. The EIAHF launched the award in 2018 to recognize an individual under 35 years of age who is actively involved in production agriculture and demonstrating initiative and leadership benefitting the Agricultural industry of Eastern Idaho.
“I’m honored to receive this award,” says Ward. “I like being a voice for farmers and ranchers, and glad to have opportunities to communicate to decision-makers and the public about where their food comes from and challenges we in Agriculture face.”
Ward, his brother, Colby, and father, Dave, raise 4,600 acres of hay and grain and run about 250 head of black angus cows in the Terreton and Dubois areas. He’s currently serving his second term as a Clark County Commissioner, the youngest person ever elected in Clark County. He’s on the Planning and Zoning board, EI Land Fill Board, Local Emergency Planning Committee and represents the commission on the board of the Camas Creek Rural Fire Protection Association, an organization he helped establish two years ago. He’s a volunteer in the county Search and Rescue team, and helps with 4-H, FFA and high school youth activities.
MaCoy credits his wife, Ginger, and family for picking up the slack when his leadership commitments take him away from the operation.
“It’s a lot of time, but it’s also a chance to make a difference, in a good way,” he says.
The Ed Duren Memorial Young Producer Award was established by the Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame to honor the memory of inductee and former board member, Ed Duren (1935-2017), who spent his 39-year career as a University of Idaho Extension Livestock Specialist, educator, author, and mentor to hundreds of young farmers and ranchers.