Randy Hardy, Grower (District 2B)
Randy Hardy has been farming in and around the southern Idaho community of Oakley since 1972. That’s when he married his high school sweetheart, Karlene, and returned to the family farm of 300 acres. Since that time, Hardy Farms, Inc., in partnership with their son, Ben, has grown to about 3000 acres. In addition to supplying 600 acres of fresh potatoes to Sun Valley Potatoes, they grow wheat, barley, dry beans, corn, and alfalfa.
Randy Hardy is a lifelong resident of Oakley, Idaho. He graduated from Oakley High School in 1971 and attended Brigham Young University. Randy started farming in 1972, after he and his high school sweetheart, Karlene Hale, were married in June and returned to farm with his father. Just two months later, his father Ariel died of a massive heart attack at age 54, and Randy was left to farm their 300 acres on his own at age 19. Randy farms with his son Ben, and together, they operate Hardy Farms, Inc.
Randy is active in the LDS church, mostly working with the youth. He served as bishop in the Oakley 2nd Ward from 2001 to 2007. Following his release, he and Karlene served in the Burley 12th Ward (Young Single Adults) for just over three years.
Having been heavily involved in state and national potato organizations since 1994, Randy served as chairman of the United States Potato Board (now Potatoes USA) and president of the National Potato Council. In September of 2014, Randy was appointed by Governor Otter to serve on the Idaho Potato Commission. Randy currently serves as the chairman of the foodservice committee, as well as serving on the Ag Affairs committee, Marketing Committee, and PCN Advisory.