2011 Outstanding Agriculturalist Award
April 11, 2011
A Wheatland producer with a long list of contributions to his community and industry received the 2011 Outstanding Agriculturalist Award from the Wyoming Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta (GSD), the international honor society of agriculture.
Pat Cullen, who farms and ranches near Wheatland, Wyo., with his wife, Sherri, was presented the award during the GSD awards brunch Saturday, March 26, in Laramie, Wyo. The chapter also honored outstanding students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources during the brunch.
“He is everything right about agriculture, Wyoming, and simply being a good citizen who gives back to his community and state,” said Doug Hixon, head of the Department of Animal Science and who presented the award.
Texas natives, the couple came to Wyoming in 1970 after Pat was accepted into a master’s program in ag engineering at UW. They decided to stay in Wyoming following his graduation. The couple has a commercial cow-calf operation in addition to raising alfalfa, corn and small grains.
“They market most of these crops through their feedlot in association with their heifer development and custom backgrounding programs,” said Hixon. They also develop and market commercial-bred heifers.
“Pat has also been involved in giving back to his community and state through leadership roles,” noted Hixon.
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Cullen serves on the Wyoming Livestock Board and is a committee vice-chair in the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. He has served on boards of the Platte County Conservation District and Farm Credit Services of America and is past president of the Laramie Peak Stock Growers Association. Cullen has been a 4-H leader for more than 10 years and also has served as president of the Platte County 4-H Leaders Council.