L to R-Bob Tuttle, Dr. James Pritchett (Rising Star), Dr. Temple Grandin, Don Rutledge, and Jim Odle. Photo courtesey of Jim Powell Photography, available upon request.
The Colorado FFA Foundation inducted four honorees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. Mr. Jim Odle of Brush, Dr. Temple Grandin of Fort Collins, Mr. Don Rutledge of Yuma and Mr. Bob Tuttle of Eckert all were formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame on February 26th during the 26th annual hall of fame banquet.
“The diversity and accomplishments of our honoree’s this year was outstanding,” said Dale McCall, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation. “Our applicant pool continues to get deeper and deeper.”
The Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture Award was also presented. This is the fourth year for recognition of up and coming leaders in agriculture. Members of the Hall of Fame will vote yearly on the winner of the Rising Star Award.
Dr. James Pritchett, a professor at CSU was the recipient this year.
“The Rising Star Award is an indication of how many great leaders we have in this state and how talented some younger people involved in agriculture are,” said McCall.
The Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame banquet was 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. Both the forum and the banquet are attended by industry and political leaders as well as family farmers and ranchers who lead and support the agriculture industry and its future.
Over 450 friends, peers and business associates recognized the four inductees and the Rising Star during the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet, Feb. 26, 2015, at the Renaissance Hotel, Denver. The 2015 inductees will join 82 other outstanding Colorado agriculturists who have been similarly honored since 1989. All Agriculture Hall of Fame members’ portraits will be displayed in the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education on CSU’s ARDEC campus after the building is constructed this fall.
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 highlights the life of each new inductee during the ceremony.
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