06-18-15 CLA News: The 4th Joint Meeting of the Premier Livestock Organizations in Colorado an Absolute Success!

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The Yampa Valley stretches from Rabbit Ears Pass to the Flattops Wilderness AreaSTEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – June 18, 2015 – Over 500 attendees traveled to Steamboat Springs, CO to the 2015 Protein Producer Summit to hear informative and thought-provoking presentations from experts across several industries, and to mingle with some of the most influential livestock producers in the state of Colorado. The conference featured one of the largest trade shows in the state of Colorado with over 50 vendors. Attendees not only included CCA members and CLA members; but also Colorado CattleWomen, members of the Junior Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, CLA Future Livestock Leaders, Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust and many industry and agency representatives. Continue reading

06-17-15 CCA News: Flying Diamond Ranch Presented with Leopold Conservation Award…

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Flying DiamondSteamboat Springs, CO – June 17, 2015  – The Flying Diamond Ranch, owned and managed by the Scott and Jean Johnson family, is the recipient of the 2015 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award. Located near Kit Carson, Flying Diamond Ranch is a fifth generation, 25,000-acre cattle ranch. For over 100 years, the Johnsons’ management philosophy has reflected a personal conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land. Guided by their principles of holistic management, they implemented a rotational grazing system that is supported by pipelines and fencing, which allows them to control the environmental impact of their herd.
Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes private landowner achievement in voluntvoluntary conservation. The winner receives a $10,000 award and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold.

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is the state’s only nonprofit trade organization exclusively representing Colorado’s cattle producers.  Founded in 1867, CCA is the nation’s oldest state cattlemen’s association. Continue reading

06-17-15 CCA presents Life Member Award to CSU’s Dr. Tony Frank…

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Frank_Life AwardSteamboat Springs, CO – June 17, 2015  – The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s Lifetime Member Award is presented to those individuals who serve Colorado’s beef-producing community by promoting agriculture; and providing outreach to, and involvement in, Colorado’s beef industry.

This year’s recipient is Tony Frank, Ph.D., D.V.M., President of Colorado State University. His dedication to the Cattlemen’s Association is demonstrated in a strong working relationship between education and our association. He has brought to life the mission of CSU, which was inspired by its land-grant heritage. Under our honoree’s direction, CSU is committed to excellence, setting the standard for public research universities in teaching, research, service and extension for the benefit of the citizens of Colorado, the United States, and the world. Continue reading

06-17-15 CCA Names Volunteers of the Year: Logan Hill and Ginny Harrington…

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Vol of YrSteamboat Springs, CO – June 17, 2015  – Logan Hill of Rangely, Colorado and Ginny Harrington of Carbondale will be named Volunteers of the Year by CCA.

Ginny Harrington’s service to the Holy Cross Cattlemen’s Affiliate is truly commendable. She has spent countless hours working to align her local affiliate with CCA to accomplish the objectives of both organizations. Her contributions of personal time and resources have gone far in encouraging members of her local association to engage in the organizations that support their way of life.

Logan Hill was honored for his untiring work on the “Roads and Rights-of-Way” Revised Statute 2477. In the past year, Logan spent countless hours organizing meetings within the Rio Blanco Affiliate, and making sure its board members understand this issue and what CCA is working on and accomplishing in this arena. This knowledge and awareness of issues served CCA well; along with his participation in the Federal Lands, and the Property Rights and Resource Stewardship Committees. Logan’s efforts have gone far to align the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association with other interested parties in order to accomplish the objectives of our organization. Continue reading

06-15-15 Robert Patterson to Lead CCA…

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Steamboat Springs, CO – June 17, 2015  – Robert Patterson will become the 110th president of Colorado’s oldest livestock association this week during the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) annual meeting in Steamboat Springs. Patterson is a third generation rancher in Southeast Colorado. Robert (Bob) and his wife Bunny, operate a commercial cow-calf operation south of Kim, Colorado.

His priorities as CCA president are expanding and engaging the organization’s member base. “Members are the backbone of this organization and I want to see our membership grow; and the engagement of individual and affiliate members to expand,” says Patterson. “The beef industry is vital to Colorado and CCA is vital to the beef industry. It’s our duty to expand our influence while striving to ensure the profitability and longevity of the beef industry in Colorado, and that can only happen with a growing and involved membership.” Continue reading

06-15-15 Fourth Annual Joint Meeting of the Premier Livestock Organizations in Colorado an Absolute Success!

PPS - Protein Producer Summit 2015Steamboat Springs, CO – June 16, 2015 – Over 500 attendees travelled to Steamboat Springs, CO to the 2015 Protein Producer Summit to hear informative and thought-provoking presentations from experts across several industries, and to mingle with some of the most influential livestock producers in the state of Colorado.

The conference featured one of the largest trade shows in the state of Colorado with over 50 vendors. Attendees not only included CCA members and CLA members; but also Colorado CattleWomen, members of the Junior Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, CLA Future Livestock Leaders, Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust and many industry and agency representatives. Continue reading

10-23-13 *CCA NEWS* Colorado Leopold Conservation Award Program Seeks Nominees…

CCA_Logo_WebsiteCO Leopold Call for Applications 2015Arvada, CO – (October 22, 2014)  Applications are now being accepted for the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award® honoring agricultural landowners in Colorado who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the $10,000 award recognizes private landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. It is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Peabody Energy, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and American AgCredit.

Applications are due by February 9, 2015. Finalists and recipient will be announced in March. For complete application information, visit www.leopoldconservationaward.org.

“The outstanding agricultural landowners we honor with the Leopold Conservation Award exemplify what it means to be leaders in conservation for the benefit of our environment,” said Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation President.

“Ranchers have been taking care of the land for centuries. The Leopold Conservation Award recognizes that proud history, while rewarding ranchers who are excelling in their work to care for the land in a holistic approach” says Frank Daley, President of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.

The Leopold Conservation Award inspires other landowners and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized as conservation leaders. In his influential 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.”

Award applicants are judged based on their demonstration of improved resource conditions, innovation, long-term commitment to stewardship, sustained economic viability, community and civic leadership, and multiple use benefits.

The Colorado award is sponsored by Peabody Energy, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Assoc., American AgCredit, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Farm Credit, DuPont Pioneer, The Mosaic Company and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Continue reading