Colorado FFA Foundation Announces 2017 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees
The Colorado FFA Foundation announced today four inductees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Mr. Charlie Bartlett (posthumous), Merino, Mr. Bill Markham, Berthoud, Dr. Dale McCall, Longmont, and Mr. Bill Webster, of Greeley, will all be formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in February 2017 at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet.
In addition Mr. Marc Arnusch, from Keenesburg will be recognized as the Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture.
“We are proud to add four more outstanding individuals to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, the applicant pool continues to be deep and very competitive“ said Ed Cordes, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation. Cordes also stated “Our Rising Star is a great candidate that is a strong advocate for agriculture.”
The Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame banquet is held in conjunction with the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture and is a prime opportunity to gauge the direction of the industry and learn about issues facing one of the largest industries in Colorado. Industry and political leaders as well as family farmers and ranchers who lead and support the agriculture industry and its future attend both the forum and the banquet.
Friends, peers and business associates will recognize the four inductees during the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet, Feb. 22, 2017, at the Renaissance Hotel, Denver. The honorees will join 89 other outstanding Colorado agriculturists who have been similarly honored since 1989. All Agriculture Hall of Fame members’ portraits are displayed in the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education at Colorado State University.
Hosted by the Colorado FFA Foundation, the banquet is held yearly to induct members into the Agriculture Hall of Fame who have significantly contributed to Colorado’s second largest industry. A unique, multi-media presentation will highlight the life of each new inductee and the Rising Star during the ceremony.
Short biographies of the honorees are included below.
HALL OF FAME HONOREES
Mr. Bill Webster, Greeley, made many contributions to agriculture that revolutionized the cattle industry from new feeding techniques, to implementing new computer technology while owning and operating Webster Land and Cattle. His desire to create efficiencies and improvements within the livestock industry made him well known and very well respected. He also worked diligently to strengthen his community and the State of Colorado. He was a founder of the Boys and Girls Club of Weld County, County Commissioner, State Representative and was active in many agriculture related and community development organizations like National Cattleman’s Beef Association, United Way of Weld County, and Aims Community College Agriculture Advisory Board.
Dr. Dale McCall, Longmont, has been involved in production agriculture on the family farm in Yuma for decades. He has also had a very successful career in agricultural education as a teacher, FFA Advisor, State FFA Advisor/Executive Secretary, local school Superintendent, and Community College administrator. He has spent a career working to sustain the viability of rural schools through legislative work and advocacy serving many different roles including the executive director of the BOCES association in Colorado to most recently being elected as the President of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. Under Dale’s leadership the Colorado FFA Foundation completed it’s first ever-capital campaign constructing the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education to enhance teacher preparation at Colorado State University.
Mr. Bill Markham, Berthoud, is a third generation farmer and rancher that have a reputation for raising high quality cattle, sugar beets, corn and most notably Coors barley. It has been said that he works the sacred soil with his hands, heart, head, and soul. Bill was instrumental in agricultural education being revitalized in the Thompson Valley School District and is extremely supportive of youth in agriculture. He has been active on many agricultural initiatives all with the intent of educating the public about the importance of agriculture. He is a true ambassador for agriculture being a great friend, neighbor, and businessman always operating from a position of honesty, integrity, and honorable work ethic.
Mr. Charlie Bartlett (posthumous), Merino, spent a lifetime farming the family farm with a special interest in using and protecting our water in the most efficient ways possible. He was a pioneer in farming practices in his area and always willing to share and teach others. He dedicated much of his time to others serving the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee, co-authoring the Colorado Water Plan, serving on the school board, the South Platte Ditch Company and was a co-founder of a bank developed with a strong interest in agriculture. He will forever be known as warm friend with a contagious smile that always served other. His greatest attribute was his ability to pull people together for the betterment of their community.
RISING STAR IN COLORADO AGRICULTURE
Mr. Marc Arnusch is a farmer, certified crop advisor, water and land use consultant from Keenesburg who has become a public voice for agriculture in Colorado. He has established himself as a reputable and articulate voice for agriculture on state and Federal platforms including appearing in television commercials, speaking at various town halls and forums, and testifying for favorable agricultural policy at the state legislature and in Washington, DC. He has utilized these opportunities to educate legislators and consumers on issues facing the industry.
The Colorado FFA Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support the more than 6,100 FFA members in Colorado’s 100 chapters. FFA is a national organization of 610,240 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.
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