Colorado FFA Foundation announces Colorado Hall of Fame inductees
November 6, 2016
The Colorado FFA Foundations announced the four inductees and the Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture Nov. 1.
The four inductees will be officially added at the Hall of Fame Banquet on Feb. 22. The four who will be honored are Charlie Bartlett, Bill Markham, Dale McCall and Bill Webster. The Rising Star In Colorado Agriculture is Marc Arnush.
"We are proud to add four more outstanding individuals to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, the applicant pool continues to be deep and very competitive," said Ed Cordes, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation in a news release. "Our Rising Star is a great candidate that is a strong advocate for agriculture."
BILL WEBSTER, Greeley
Webster contributed to a number of changes in the cattle industry, including feeding techniques and the use of new computer technology in his business.
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Webster owned and operated Webster Land and Cattle. He founded the Boys and Girls Club of Weld County, served as a Weld County Commissioner and a State Representative.
Webster was also involved in National Cattleman's Beef Association, United Way of Weld County and Aims Community College Agriculture Advisory Board.
DALE MCCALL, Longmont
McCall has worked as a teacher, FFA advisor, state FFA advisor and executive secretary, a superintendent and a community college administrator.
Through advocacy and legislative work, McCall spent his time to keep rural schools viable. Part of that work came when McCall was the executive director of the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services and is continuing as the recently elected president of the Rocky mountain Farmers Union.
McCall also led the Colorado FFA Foundation through its first capital campaign to build the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education.
BILL MARKHAM, Berthoud
Markham was a big part of the revitalization of ag education for Thompson Valley School District. He has worked on a number of initiatives to help with the agricultural education — not just for schools — but for the general public as well.
Markham is most recognized for his high-quality Coors barley, along with cattle, sugar beets and corn. Markham's work has made him a big ambassador for the agriculture community.
CHARLIE BARTLETT (posthumous), Merino
Bartlett spent his life working on his family farm, with an emphasis in water protection.
Bartlett served on the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee, served on a school board, and the South Platte Ditch Committee.
Bartlett was co-author of "Colorado Water Plan" and co-founded a bank with a strong agricultural interest.
MARC ARNUSCH, Keenesburg: Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture
Arnusch has become a loud public voice for agriculture. He is a farmer, certified crop advisor and a water and land use consultant.
Arnusch has become a voice at the state and Federal levels. He has spoken at a number of forums and town halls, and has also testified for policies at the state legislator and Washington D.C. ❖