Governor Little appoints Shawn Keough to Idaho State Board of Education. Gov. Brad Little has appointed Shawn Keough to the Idaho State Board of Education.

“Improving education in Idaho is my highest priority and a key factor in ensuring Idaho’s children and grandchildren have the best opportunities to stay in Idaho and for the ones who have left to choose to return,” Little said. “Shawn displays the right demeanor and vision to help Idaho’s public education system serve our communities and prepare students for careers and a lifetime of learning.”

Keough, a Sandpoint resident, is the executive director of the Associated Logging Contractors. Keough served in the Idaho State Senate from 1996 to 2018, making her the longest-serving female senator in Idaho’s history.

“I appreciate and am humbled by Governor Little's confidence in me, and I look forward to serving Idaho on the State Board of Education,” Keough said. “Idaho's Constitution is very clear about the state’s commitment to public education and the value it brings to our citizens. I have always been and remain passionate about public education – K-through-career – and I look forward to serving.”

Keough fills one of the vacancies left by Don Soltman and Richard Westerberg on the Board. Soltman and Westerberg announced their retirements earlier this year.

Little is still considering candidates for the second vacancy. Westerberg will continue to serve while Little seeks a replacement.

Idaho, Taiwan Flour Millers sign $576 million wheat deal; Governor announces upcoming trade mission to Taiwan. Gov. Brad Little joined representatives of the Idaho Wheat Commission and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle in the State Capitol to sign a letter of intent for the Taiwan Flour Mills Association to purchase U.S. wheat over the next two years, a deal valued at $576 million.

Little also announced he will bring a delegation of Idaho companies with him to Taiwan for his first trade mission in October as Idaho’s 33rd Governor.

“Taiwan is our second-largest export market overall and an important trade partner for Idaho,” Little said. “Taiwan is a loyal customer for our Idaho wheat growers, who proudly produce a high-quality, consistent product.”

The Taiwan Flour Mills Association, which participated in an agricultural goodwill mission, intends to purchase 1.8 million metric tons (equivalent to 66.1 million bushels) of wheat from the United States between 2020 and 2021.

“The Taiwan flour millers choose Idaho wheat because of the high-quality we produce and the identity preservation of the wheat available from our state,” Idaho Wheat Commission Chairman Ned Moon said. “We are also able to consistently deliver within the shipment timelines, thanks to the Columbia-Snake River system.”

“This two-year agreement highlights the strong relationship between Idaho wheat growers and their customers in Taiwan,” Idaho Wheat Commission Executive Director Blaine Jacobson said. “It is a pleasure to host our international friends around the state and here in Boise and visit their countries to see how Idaho wheat is used in various food products.”

“The Taiwan Flour Millers Association has been doing business with Idaho’s wheat growers for more than 40 years,” Idaho State Department of Agriculture Director Celia Gould said. “We are proud of this trade partnership and our long-term friendship with Taiwan.”

LINE Commission meets in October. The Leadership in Nuclear Energy (LINE) Commission will meet October 2 in Sun Valley.

The commission makes recommendations to the governor on policies and actions of the State of Idaho to support and enhance the long-term viability and mission of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and other nuclear industries in Idaho.

“There is an incredible opportunity for Idaho, its businesses, and its institutions of higher learning to lead our nation and the globe in pushing the new frontiers of safe, clean nuclear energy development,” Gov. Little said. “The LINE Commission remains dedicated to advising us so we can promote the advancement of nuclear energy and ensure the vitality of the INL.”

The LINE Commission meets October 2 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Opera House at the Sun Valley Resort, located at 1 Sun Valley Road. The meeting agenda and additional information about the LINE Commission are available at https://line.idaho.gov/.

Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Council Announces October Meeting. The Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Council will meet on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. MST. The IGEM Council will meet in the Sawtooth Conference Room at Idaho Commerce, 700 W. State Street, Boise.

Idaho Commerce manages the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) commercialization grant program which awards $950,000 in appropriated funds by the Idaho State Legislature to projects between university and industry partners geared toward commercialization initiatives. The IGEM Council’s fiscal stewardship and strategic direction advances for IGEM’s overall goal of economic prosperity through investments in technological advancements and innovation. 

During this meeting, three IGEM awardees will provide project commercialization and research updates before the IGEM Council. Additionally, the Council will begin discussion on the state’s strategic plan for innovation and consider approving a change in project personnel.

Click here for the complete meeting agenda. This IGEM meeting is open to the public. There will be an opportunity for public comments toward the end of the meeting. To learn more about IGEM, visit http://igem.idaho.gov

Gov. Little’s public schedule this week

TUESDAY, October 1, 2019

Governor Little will deliver remarks at the annual Idaho Office of Emergency Management Preparedness Conference at the Riverside Hotel at 12 p.m.

Governor Little will deliver a proclamation for Next Steps Month and College Application Week at Boise High School at 12:45 p.m.

Governor Little will address the media regarding the Star Card at the Boise Airport at 2 p.m.

Governor Little will issue a proclamation for Safe Infant Sleep Awareness Month in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office at 3 p.m.

Governor Little will issue a proclamation for The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) 10th anniversary at the Stueckle Sky Center at 4 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, October 2, 2019

Governor Little will engage in a LINE Commission Panel with Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Dr. Mark Peters regarding the commonalities of Idaho and Utah and how they collaborate with INL at The Opera House, Sun Valley Resort, at 1 p.m.

THURSDAY, October 3, 2019

Governor Little will address the Western Governors’ Association Working Lands Roundtable Workshop attendees in the Simplot Ballroom at Boise State University at 12 p.m.

Governor Little will speak at Dr. Marlene Tromp’s investiture ceremony at the Morrison Center at 1:15 p.m.

FRIDAY, October 4, 2019

Governor Little will issue a proclamation for Dyslexia Awareness Month in the Capitol Rotunda at 2 p.m.