Don Ament named CSU Livestock Leader of Year
by DellRae Moellenberg
CSU Cooperative Extension Service
Colorado State University Department of Animal Sciences this year honored Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Ament, as the Livestock Leader of the Year as part of the National Western Stock Show. Each year, the award recognizes people who have made outstanding contributions to the state’s livestock industry.
Ament, whom Gov. Bill Owens appointed in January 1999, was presented the award at the CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Social held Jan. 19 in Denver.
As commissioner, Ament has focused on helping Colorado residents understand the role agriculture plays in preserving the quality of life in the state. He is often found on the road, traveling across Colorado talking to people about agriculture and broadening their understanding of the vital industry. He is also a water and property rights expert.
“Commissioner Ament’s strong leadership and advocacy for Colorado’s agricultural industry make him a highly deserving recipient of this award,” said Dr. Daryl Tatum, head of the CSU Department of Animal Sciences.
Prior to his post as commissioner of agriculture, Ament served the state in the Colorado legislature for 12 years, with eight years in the Senate and four in the House of Representatives.
Ament farms and ranches near Iliff. His support of the livestock industry includes working with emerging and pressing issues faced by producers and other agricultural partners. He also works on growth initiatives in support of agriculture’s interests and is on a task force to address the safe rendering of animals.
Ament has served on the Colorado Livestock Association board of directors for two years.
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