For his lifelong dedication to farming and contributions to irrigation practices, Rexburg resident Bob Huskinson has been named to the 2017 group of inductees to the Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Following military service, Huskinson joined his father and brother in farming the original plot of 160 acres east of Rexburg homesteaded by his grandfather. In 1957, the Huskinson men were among East Idaho’s pioneers in deep well irrigation drilling. They were the third active well on the Rexburg Bench. This innovation allowed them to move away from dry farm and flood irrigation, which paved the way for successful potato farming.
In the 1970’s under Huskinson’s direction, the family expanded their business and added a beef cattle operation running 1,200 head of yearlings from spring to fall in the mountains near Livingston, MT. and rented pasture in Island Park.
Today at 84-years old, Huskinson continues to run nearly 300 head of cattle using his canyon land on the Rexburg Bench for grazing, and winter pastures the cattle in Fremont County. He has over 30 years of experience contracting barley to the beer industry and was honored in 2016 at the Anheuser-Busch Grower Appreciation Day as one of their longest standing barley contract holders.
Huskinson and his wife Sue are the parents of five children.