Colorado FFA Foundation Announces 2019 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees
The Colorado FFA Foundation announced today three inductees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. Mr. Jay Hickert, Akron, Mr. George “Buck” Hutchison, Englewood, and Mr. Dan Williams, Denver, will all be formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in February 2019 at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet.
“We are proud to add three more outstanding individuals to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, the applicant pool continues to be diverse, and very competitive. I am amazed at the significant contributions to agriculture that all of our nominees possess. “ said Ed Cordes, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation.
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. 27, 2019, 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.
HALL OF FAME HONOREES
Dan Williams, Denver, Colorado
Dan—known to his friends as Danny—Williams is an Eagle County native who began his adult life raising sheep and cattle. In 1976, though, he turned his attention toward public service and became an Eagle County Commissioner. After two four-year terms, he was elected to the Colorado State House and served four two-year terms. In 1993, he founded the government relations consulting business, Williams+Simpson. His clients include Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Woolgrowers Association, Colorado Horse Council and many other agricultural- and infrastructure-related organizations. Whether as an elected official or lobbyist, for over 40 years Williams has been an advocate for agriculture in Colorado.
George “Buck” Hutchison, Englewood, Colorado
After playing baseball at Florida State University George “Buck” Hutchison came home to the family’s lumber distributorship in Manchester, Iowa. In 1963, he created a western division in Denver and ever since, the recognizable HW logo has graced water tanks and gates on ranches and farms all across the West. Hutchison, however, was not content to have his influence contained to distribution and manufacturing. For 23 years he has served as the chairman of National Western Stock Show’s Junior Livestock Committee, indirectly benefitting over 1,900 junior exhibitors during his tenure. Hutchison has also served or is currently serving on many civic boards and associations, from the J.K. Mullen High School Board to the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Scholarship and Endowment Advisory Board to the National High School Rodeo Association and the Roundup Riders of the Rockies.
Jay Hickert, Akron, Colorado
Jay Hickert was born on the family homestead in western Kansas in 1926 and moved to Colorado sharecropping his aunt’s land in the 1940s. Now, at 91-years-old, he’s the patriarch of the family’s farming, ranching, and cattle feeding operations in Washington County. Over the years he was active on school boards, bank boards, co-op boards and livestock and farming associations. Throughout his career he worked closely with Colorado State University to assist on advisory boards and research projects. Hickert’s influence as a thought-leader in the cattle feeding business expands across the West, while his reputation in his corner of Colorado is unparalleled.
The Colorado FFA Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support the more than 7,000 FFA members in Colorado’s 112 chapters. FFA is a national organization of 610,240 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.