Gretchen Hyde grew up on a family farm and ranch north of Emmett. Gretchen attended the University of Idaho and graduated from Boise State University with a BBA in Accounting. She worked at Agri Beef Co. as the Controller of the Livestock Division for seven years prior to becoming the first executive director for the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission in 1997. This rancher-led state commission was the first state agency in the nation which works collaboratively to provide proactive education and outreach campaigns on rangeland issues. The IRRC co-hosts teacher workshops, develops classroom and field trip lessons and activities for students, sponsors 4-H and FFA competitions, provides outdoor learning events, created the Care/Share campaign and the award-winning Life on the Range online video series.