Midland Bean, Agribusiness of The Year
July 12, 2010
Midland Bean was started in the 1950s by Harold Tanner in Cahone, Colo. His sons, Rodney and Jack grew up working in the operation, and took over the business after Harold passed away in 1976.
Midland Bean is instrumental in helping our local farmers achieve success with both wheat and beans. From start to finish, they are involved with seed sales, processing, storage, and marketing. They have been involved in variety trials with both crops, and market their own pinto beans under the “Sombrero” and “Montelores” brands.
Community support has always been an integral part of Midland Bean. In the late 1970s, the Harold Tanner Memorial Scholarship was established, benefiting two Dolores County High School graduates each year. They continue to build this fund through the popular Pinto Bean Golf Classic.
Midland Bean is a strong supporter of sports activities in both Montezuma and Dolores Counties. They support 4-H, the annual Pick and Hoe celebration, and many other community activities.
We are proud of the role Midland Bean has played in local agriculture and in the wider community and are pleased to present them with this award.