W.D. Farr of Greeley inducted into Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame
W.D. Farr, an agricultural, water and business pioneer in Greeley, will be honored as an inaugural inductee of the new Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame.
He was one of 12 people to be nominated by fellow cattle feeders to receive the honor, according to a news release issued today.
Farr was a pioneer rancher, visionary, water expert, banker and was considered by many to be a true statesman, having served in several capacities under three presidents on the international level.
Farr, who died in August 2007, also was president of the Greeley Water Board for 39 of its first 40 years and his water vision was legendary. He, along with Charles Hansen, publisher of the Greeley Tribune, and a handful of others, worked tirelessly to get the Colorado-Big Thompson built. That project brings a supplemental water supply to eight northeast Colorado counties from the Western Slope, a project Farr often called a second Poudre River for northern Colorado.
As a result, along with his legacy as a cattleman, Farr was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in 2007.
Also being inducted into the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame this year is Paul F. Engler, founder and chairman of Cactus Feeders, the largest privately owned fed-cattle producer in the country, according to the release.
Betty Jo Gigot, nominating committee chairperson of the hall of fame said in the release that Engler and Farr exemplify why the hall of fame was created. “To celebrate the rich traditions of the cattle-feeding industry and recognize those who have devoted their careers to preserving its mission and improving production practices,” she said in the release.
“It’s a privilege to give the very first Hall of Fame awards to two gentlemen whose leadership and vision has fueled inspiration and innovation that is still being carried out today.”
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