Young Alumni of the Year 2013: Cody & Elizabeth Bingham
Cody and Elizabeth Bingham (natives of Jerome, Idaho, and Colfax, Wis., respectively) are alumni from the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at Utah State University. Cody graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Agri-business and Agricultural Systems Technology in 2006; continuing on to earn an MBA in International Food and Agribusiness in 2008 from The Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, England. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education in 2007.
During their time at USU both Cody and Elizabeth served as College of Agriculture Student Ambassadors (the organization through which they met) and Cody served as the ASUSU College of Agriculture's Student Senator and ASUSU Senator Pro Tempore during 2005-2006. Both were involved in various clubs and organizations on campus and enjoyed many of the sporting activities USU offered. Cody and Elizabeth both received several scholarships to support them financially and to return the favor have established their own scholarship to benefit current students in similar programs.
Since graduation Cody's employment has had them participating in production agriculture. They spent two years corporate farming in Kennewick, Wash., after which opportunities arose for their family to return to Jerome, and begin farming in partnership on the family farm. The 3,200-acre farm consists of irrigated row crops such as sugarbeets, corn, wheat and alfalfa. They now have three sons: Keegan (5), Oliver (3) and Calvin (1) who all love riding in the tractors and trucks.
Cody currently serves on the Ag College's Alumni Council, as a Local Advisor for Northwest Farm Credit, as alternate on the Farm Service Agency County Committee, as a station director for the Northside Sugarbeet Growers Association and sits on the Seed and Research Alliance for the Snake River Sugar Company. Elizabeth currently serves as a member of the Jerome County Fair Board.
In their spare time they love to travel to new places both near and far, and both recently became SCUBA certified. Cody likes woodworking and Elizabeth enjoys gardening.