Inside the BARN with CO FFA Foundation Executive Director Don Thorn: Titan Tire Auction Recap, CO Farm Show & Farm Credit CO Ag Hall of Fame & more…
(The BARN – Greeley, CO) Just after the CO FFA Foundation / Titan Tire Auction that took place at the 2018 CO Farm Show, CO FFA Foundation Executive Director Don Thorn sat down with The BARN in the General Air Service & Supply Booth at Island Grove Regional Park and recapped the Big Iron Auction and also detailed the upcoming Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Feb 21st at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver…
2018 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees & Links
Mrs. Mary Lou Chapman, Arvada, has a passion for agriculture that has connected her life with nearly every aspect of the industry for 45 years. Mary Lou has served as President/CEO for the Rocky Mountain Food Industry for over 20 years. She co-founded the Colorado Farmers’ Market Program, Colorado Farm-City Week, Colorado Consumer Food Forum, the Colorado FFA Foundation and the Colorado Food Clearing House, which grew to become the Food Bank of the Rockies.
Mr. Thomas Kourlis, Craig, stands as a respected sheep and cattle rancher and statewide leader in Colorado. Tom honorably served as Colorado’s Commissioner of Agriculture for five years. As the first president of the American Lamb Board, he was largely responsible for implementing the national check-off program for lamb producers. Tom has been named Citizen of the West, Woolgrower of the Year, and has received awards from the Colorado Society of Range Management and Colorado State University.
Dr. Lee Sommers, Fort Collins, served Colorado agriculture as a distinguished teacher, scientist and administrator for more than three decades. During his tenure at Colorado State University, he served as Professor/Head of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, as Agriculture Experiment Station Director and Interim Dean of the College of Agriculture. Dr. Sommers’ research publications have been cited over 20,000 times. He continues to serve as Special Assistant to the CSU Dean of Agricultural Sciences.
Mr. Harry Charles Talbott, Palisade, is a fourth-generation Colorado farmer whose vision and tireless work has created long-term stability for the Palisade fruit industry and a pathway to success for new farmers. He and his family run Talbott Mountain Gold, a successful tree fruit operation which sells Palisade peaches, apples, pears and grapes. Harry co-founded the Mesa Land Trust to preserve agricultural land. He served on the United Fruit Growers Board, the Colorado Lands Project, and the Mesa County Planning Commission.
Mrs. Becky Ravenkamp, Hugo, was raised on a ranch in Lincoln County and continues to play an active role there today. Becky is passionate about agriculture and it shows in the cow/calf operation she runs with her husband and her leadership as President of the Colorado Agri-Woman.
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