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Bohn named 2019 Stockman of Year

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Jerry Bohn will be recognized Feb. 28 as the 2019 Stockman of the Year. The award is presented annually by the Livestock & Meat Industry Council at the annual Stockmen's Dinner that kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan.

Bohn, a native of Wabaunsee County, Kansas, graduated from Kansas State University in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in animal sciences and industry. While at K-State, he was a member of the 1970 Wool Judging Team and the 1971 Livestock Judging Team. After graduation, Bohn worked for Hormel, entered the U.S. Army officer basic school, and then worked for Blackjack Feedyard. In 1975, he was hired by CattleFax as a market analyst and during his tenure was promoted to director of market analysis. He left CattleFax in 1982 to join Pratt Feeders as feedlot manager. While under his management, Pratt Feeders expanded, acquiring several other feedlots. Today, Bohn continues as part owner of Pratt Feeders, retiring from his role as general manager after 34 years of service. He serves on the company's board of directors and manages the company's farming business while continuing to feed cattle in the feedlot. In his nomination to the LMIC board, the Stockman of the Year committee said, Bohn is a K-State graduate who has provided visionary leadership roles in KLA, NCBA, US Premium Beef, LMIC, and other livestock activities. As a volunteer, Bohn is calm and collected and he emulates the image of "Stockman of the Year." To learn more about Bohn and his leadership in the industry, register for the Stockmen's Dinner by Feb. 21. The cost to attend is $50 per person. Registration is available online at http://www.ksufoundation.org/rsvp/asi or by calling (785) 775-2040.

CSA honors founders, presents awards

Colorado Simmental Association honored two of its founders, plus recognized an outstanding breeder and youth in conjunction with Simmental's 2019 National Western Stock Show activities. Jim Docheff of Longmont and Bill Sparks of Springfield, who received CSA's Pioneer Award, helped bring Simmental to the West. When CSA formed in 1970, Docheff and Sparks both provided leadership skills. In 1974, when Docheff was president and Sparks was vice-president, they represented CSA at the national convention, then in Louisville, Ky. While there, they put in a successful bid to host the American Simmental Association convention. Sparks managed that convention in 1976 in Denver. The pair continued their service to the board, plus they promoted using Simmental through marketing campaigns, booths and shows. They ran the first breed booth at National Western Stock Show in 1975. They encouraged the genetics, were instrumental in getting Simmental recognized at the major shows, and helped coordinate inaugural breed events. The Docheff family, ASA member #919, continues to use Simmental semen, plus they operate a well-known dairy in Longmont. Sparks said he also still uses SimGenetics in his family's 300-cow operation near Springfield. In addition, Sparks ran a successful auction business. Although since retired, Sparks put on his auctioneer hat once again to sell the donation lot at the start of the 2019 Wild, Wild West sale. The lot, a new Chart tank filled with 70 straws of Simmental semen donated by sale consignors, raised $2,500 when Sparks banged his gavel. Proceeds are earmarked for youth scholarships and defraying CSA's National Western activities. In addition to the Pioneer Awards, CSA presented an Outstanding Breeder honor to Bridle Bit Simmentals. Bridle Bit, owned and operated by Erroll Cook and sons, began when Erroll was introduced to Simmental genetics as one of the early AI technicians while earning his bachelor's degree at Colorado State University in 1969. The family has a long history of service and involvement, which continued when they moved back to southeast Colorado in 1986. The Cook family has excelled with both their ranch and their fuel station at Walsh, with many family members involved in both businesses. Other honors were bestowed on the youth. Bryce Hill was selected as CSA's Youth of the Year, the state's equivalent of ASA's Bronze Merit, plus Hill was one of three CSA scholarship recipients. Hill, of Sterling, is heading to Northwest College at Powell, Wyo., on a livestock judging scholarship. He is in his second term as Colorado Junior Simmental's president, and was thanked for his assistance at both the Junior Extravaganza multi-breed field day and Colorado State Fair. Other $500 CSA scholarship recipients were Bradie Midcap of Wray and Riley Maranville of Ramah. ❖

Brune is elected to American Simmental Association board

BOZEMAN, Mont. — J.W. Brune, of Overbrook, Kan., has been elected to the American Simmental Association board of trustees and will represent the North Central region.

Brune was also named the recipient of the 2019 Golden Book Award. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the development of the Simmental/Simbrah breeds. The Golden Book is given on behalf of the World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation and is the most prestigious award given by the American Simmental Association. Brune and his wife, Carol Lyon Brune, DVM, are the owners and managers of White Star Cattle Company. They maintain both a spring and fall-calving herd consisting of purebred to percentage cattle marketed by a variety of means, including private treaty, bull test sales and breeder group sales. A member of both the Missouri and Kansas Simmental associations, Brune is also active in numerous other livestock organizations. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served a tour of duty in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. Active for 32 years as a breeder of Simmental genetics, he has spent a total of 55 years breeding registered seedstock, and a previous term on the ASA board from 2014 to 2016. Experienced in a wide range of aspects of the beef industry, he served as executive secretary of the Missouri Simmental Association, published the Simmental Message, was in great demand as a show judge, and has served as a mentor to countless junior members. Brune was formally seated during ASA's 51st Annual Meeting held Jan. 20, in Denver. Also seated were newly elected Greg Walthall, Windsor, Mo.; and re-elected Tim Curran, Ione, Calif., and Clay Lassle, Glendive, Mont. Founded in 1968, the American Simmental Association is headquartered in Bozeman.

NCTA Aggies compete at Sioux Empire contest

CURTIS, Neb. — Livestock judging teams from Curtis, Neb., kicked off their spring travel schedule with a season opener last week in South Dakota. The Aggie judges from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture competed at the Sioux Empire Livestock Judging Contest at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. On the route from the NCTA campus to Sioux Falls, the team stopped by Ruth Simmentals at Rising City to evaluate livestock, said Douglas Smith, livestock judging coach. Collegiate teams began their contest day Jan. 26 at 6:30 a.m. at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Aggie students from sophomore (NCTA Black) and freshman (NCTA Red) programs did well for their first official contest of the spring. Peyton McCord of Cairo placed 33rd overall, with Rachel Miller of Basehor, Kan., placing 23rd individual in the sheep and goats judging, and Grant Romshek of Shelby was 29th in swine evaluation. The Black Team results included: 12th overall, 11th in sheep and goats, 13th in beef, 13th in swine and 14th in oral reasons. For the NCTA Red Team, Garrett Lapp of Adamsville, Ohio, tied for 12th place and Emily Riley of Norton, Kan., was 28th, both in beef cattle evaluation. Other team placings were 13th overall, 11th in swine, 12th in beef, 15th in oral reasons, and 17th in sheep and goats evaluation. Coach Smith is assisted by two third-year students who competed the past two seasons on the Aggie team. They are Dean Fleer of Pierce and Nathan Lashley of Curtis. NCTA team members are: Tiffany Dickau, Elwood; Maisie Kennicutt, Wallace; Garrett Lapp, Adamsville, Ohio; Colbey Luebbe, Seward; Remy Mansour, Petaluma, California; Peyton McCord, Cairo; Rachel Miller, Basehor, Kansas; Will Moeller, Grand Island; Seth Racicky, Mason City; Emily Riley, Norton, Kansas; Grant Romshek, Shelby; Camden Wilke, Columbus; Dean Fleer, Pierce, and Nathan Lashley, Curtis, assistant coaches. ❖

Mundt wins Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet

The winner of the Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet competition was announced at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 100th Annual Convention.

Young farmers and ranchers from across the country competed for the awards by demonstrating knowledge of and achievement in agriculture, as well as commitment to promoting the agriculture industry. Jackie Mundt of Kansas won the Discussion Meet. She is the winner of a Ford truck, courtesy of Ford. She will also receive paid registration to the AFBF FUSION Conference in Milwaukee, Wis., March 15-18.

Judy Johnson is the 2019 CFS Volunteer of the Year

Judy Johnson, the Colorado Farm Show Volunteer of the Year, said she could hardly believe she was chosen from the distinguished list to join the ranks of those honored previously. Johnson was born and raised in Albert Lea, Minn., and began working at a local bank when she was 19 years old. In 1978, she and her husband, Gary, decided Colorado was the place for them and they moved with their children, Tony and Timothy. Once in Colorado, Johnson joined the First National Bank, ultimately retiring from Wells Fargo Bank. She began volunteering after seeing how enthusiastic a friend was about the event. Once she retired, Johnson received a call from a friend on the Special Events Committee and that was the beginning of her years volunteering. The committee is responsible for selecting the menus for dinners, including the special reception for vendors, as well as the Scholarship Dinner. She said she enjoys the chance to meet and visit with the scholarship recipients and said they are positive about their futures in agriculture. Johnson said she's hard pressed to choose her favorite part of volunteering with the Colorado Farm Show because she has so much fun meeting people. She can be found at the souvenir booth and said she truly enjoys the people who stop to visit and add to the positivity of the entire event. She can also be found visiting with the vendors and learning about the products and services they have brought to add to the show. With over 300 vendors and three days of educational break out sessions, Johnson has plenty of visiting to do. This year's Colorado Farm Show was held Jan. 29-31 at Island Grove Park in Greeley, Colo. For more information, go to http://www.coloradofarmshow.com.

CALP announces 14th class of fellows

CORTEZ, Colo. — Nineteen applicants were selected to partake in the 14th Class of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program. Applicants were required to fill out a written application and pass an oral interview to be accepted into the program.

Alisha Knapp, Rocky Ford, Colo.; Cade Kunugi, Blanca, Colo.; Clancy Anderson, Johnstown, Colo.; Colton Hankins, Eaton, Colo.; David Bower, Broomfield, Colo.; Dusty Johnson, Fort Morgan, Colo.; Harrison Topp, Hotchkiss, Colo.; Jacob Langlie, Eaton, Colo.; Jason Crouch, LaJunta, Colo.; Joe Rasnic, Loveland, Colo.; Julia Herman, Windsor, Colo.; Lisa Riseman, Roggen, Colo.; Mackenzie Stoaks, LaSalle, Colo.; Melissa Bischoff, Denver; Raechel Nelson, Livermore, Colo.; Sharon Kauffman, Fort Morgan, Colo.; Shelby Teague, Fort Morgan, Colo.; Vicki Lee, Fort Collins, Colo.; Virginia Till, Denver. CALP is a competitive two-year leadership program that develops and enhances the leadership capabilities of diverse men and women committed to the future of Colorado's agricultural and rural communities. The 14th class will start the two-year program at the 28th annual Governor's Forum on Colorado Agriculture, shadowing CALP Class 13 whom will conclude their two-year leadership development program at that time. For more information about that event, and to register, please visit: http://www.governorsagforum.com. ❖

Fortenberry to be ranking member on the House Ag Approps Subcommittee

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., will be ranking member on the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee in the 116th Congress, House Appropriations Committee ranking member Kay Granger, R-Texas, announced.

Democratic leaders have already announced Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., will chair the subcommittee. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., who chaired the subcommittee in the 115th Congress, could not continue in the top leadership position on agriculture due to GOP term limits and will chair the Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee, Granger said.

HELM Agro US hires Taylor as northern Corn Belt sales manager

TAMPA, Fla. – HELM Agro US, Inc. announces the hiring of Craig Taylor as the company's new Northern Corn Belt regional sales manager. In this role, Taylor is responsible for promoting sales of the HELM crop protection portfolio and supporting the company's distributor and retailer network in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Taylor brings more than 27 years of agronomic product sales experience to the HELM organization. Most recently, he was the Northern Midwest retail account manager for Dupont Chemical Company. Prior to that, Taylor held the positions of soybean marketing manager and TruChoice product manager for the same company. Taylor also served in marketing and sales roles with Monsanto and Novartis Crop Protection at earlier times in his career. Taylor holds a bachelor of science in agricultural education from Iowa State University in Ames. He currently resides in Albert Lea, Minn. He can be contacted at ctaylor@helmagro.com.

New grassroots leaders take the helm at the Farm Bureau

Delegates at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 100th Annual Convention elected members to serve as board and committee leaders for the organization. Stefanie Smallhouse, president of Arizona Farm Bureau, and Todd Fornstrom, president of Wyoming Farm Bureau, were elected to two-year terms on the AFBF board of directors representing the Western Region. Fourteen other state Farm Bureau presidents were re-elected to two-year terms to represent their regions on the board: Western Region: Hans McPherson, Montana; Northeast Region: Chuck Fry, Maryland and Don Tuller, Connecticut; Southern Region: Jeff Aiken, Tennessee; Ronnie Anderson, Louisiana; Russell Boening, Texas; Gerald Long, Georgia; Mike McCormick, Mississippi; Rodd Moesel, Oklahoma; and Larry Wooten, North Carolina; Midwest Region: Richard Felts, Kansas; Richard Guebert, Jr., Illinois; Craig Hill, Iowa and Kevin Paap, Minnesota. Re-elected to two-year terms on the AFB Women's Leadership Committee were Sherry Saylor of Arizona (chair), Isabella Chism of Indiana (vice chair), Marieta Hauser of Kansas, Debbi Tanner of Connecticut, Lorenda Overman of North Carolina and Carol Guthrie of Idaho. Paul Molesky of New York was elected as the new chair of the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee for a one-year term, which makes him a member of the AFBF board of directors. ❖

Kansas City’s Fed announces election results

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City announced director election results and appointments to fill seats on its headquarters office and branch boards of directors.

All appointments were effective Jan. 1, 2019. Each branch office board comprises seven directors, four of whom are appointed by the Kansas City board of directors. The remaining three, are appointed by the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System. Branch directors meet to confer on economic and financial developments and business conditions. The following appointments were made to the branch boards of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2019. At the Denver Branch: Jacqueline Baca, president, Bueno Foods, Albuquerque, N.M., was appointed to serve a three-year term by the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System. She previously was a member of the Bank's Economic Advisory Council. Nicole Glaros, chief investment strategy officer, Techstars, Boulder, Colo., was appointed to serve a three-year term. She previously was a member of the Bank's Economic Advisory Council. Katharine W. Winograd, president, Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque N.M., was reappointed by the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System to serve a three-year term. Taryn Edwards, senior vice president, Saunders Construction, Englewood, Colo., was designated Denver branch board chair for 2019. Denver branch directors represent Colorado, Wyoming and northern New Mexico. For Kansas City Board: Kyle Heckman, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Flatirons Bank, Boulder, Colo., was elected to a three-year term by Group 2 banks as a class A director, representing commercial banks that are members of the Federal Reserve System. Previously, Heckman was a member of the Bank's Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. In addition, the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System appointed Edmond Johnson, president and owner, Premier Manufacturing, Inc., Frederick, Colo., to a three-year term as a class C director, representing the public. Johnson previously served on the Denver branch office board of directors since 2015.

CCTA receives National No-Till Innovator Award

KIT CARSON, Colo. – The Colorado Conservation Tillage Association was recognized at the 27th Annual National No-Tillage Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., as the recipient of the No-Till Innovator Award in the organizations category for 2019. With members in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, CCTA strives to serve the conservation and no-till producers of the High Plains. The nonprofit provides education on systems that reduce soil erosion, conserve soil moisture, build organic matter and result in greater profit for farm operations. The No-Till Innovator program honors farmers, researchers, organizations and other individuals who have identified ways to no-till more effectively, more economically, and with better impact on the environment. Categories for the honor include Crop Production, Research and Education, Organizations, and Business and Service. "I was proud to accept this award," said CCTA President Michael Thompson, who attended the National No-Tillage Conference and presented a breakout session for the event. "It goes to show how committed the farmer and rancher members are to conservation and soil stewardship." A member of the 23rd class of No-Till Innovators, CCTA was recognized primarily for its work hosting the High Plains No-Till Conference. The conference brings together producers, agricultural business professionals, and educators in the High Plains Region to discuss current farming issues, new management techniques, and the latest technology for no-till and other conservation practices. Scheduled for Feb. 5-6 at the Community and Education Center in Burlington, Colo., the 2019 High Plains No-Till Conference will feature keynote speakers Colin Seis, Jennifer Moore-Kucera, and Rick and Alec Horton. "CCTA works very hard to provide the High Plains Region with top-notch information and speakers at our conference each February," Thompson said. In addition to its conference work, CCTA publishes a journal three times a year for its members and sponsors an annual college scholarship. The organization also conducts workshops to address current challenges faced by High Plains producers, including a Drought Workshop in 2018 and Fire Recovery Workshop in 2017. More information about CCTA and the High Plains No-Till Conference can be found online at http://www.HighPlainsNoTill.com. ❖

Members appointed to beef research board

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of 35 members to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board. Producers and importers newly appointed to serve three-year terms are:

Mary Jo Rideout, Red Rock, Ariz.; Hugh Sanburg, Eckert, Colo.; Stephanie Dykshorn, Ireton, Iowa; David C. Bruene, Kelley, Iowa; Randall W. Debler, Alma, Kan.; DJ Edwards, Hamilton, Kan.; Amelia Kent, Slaughter, La.; Ken Blight, Albion, Mich.; Penny Zimmerman, Foley, Minn.; Larry Jefcoat, SoSo, Miss.; David B. Hutsell, Hartville, Mo.; Bree A. DeNaeyer, Seneca, Neb.; David W. Hamilton, Thedford, Neb.; Robert Crabb Jr., Siler City, N.C.; Bill King, Moriarty, N.M.; Angie Meyer, Okarche, Okla.; Vaughn Thorstenson, S.D.; Eric Sumption, Frederick, S.D.; Kristina Oldfield McKee, Lebanon, Tenn.; Ernie A. Morales, Devine, Texas; Bilynn Johnson, Happy, Texas; Charlie Price, Oakwood, Texas; Don Smith, Sulphur Springs, Texas; Wallace Schulthess, Woodruff, Utah; Bob Mitchell, Wauzeka, Wis.; Terry Quam, Lodi, Wis.; Irvin J. Petsch, Wyo.; Jack Parent, Swanton, Vt., Northeast Unit; C.W. Senn Jr., York, S.C., Southeast Unit; Rocky Pinheiro, Glenn, Calif., Southwest Unit; Melvin Medeiros, Laton, Calif., Southwest Unit; Ruby L. Uhart, Wells, Nev., Southwest Unit; Steven Hobbs, Larkspur, Colo., Importer; Nicholas Brander, Wilmette, Ill., Importer; Fred A. Sorbello, Mullica Hill, N.J., Importer.

The board is authorized by the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 and has 99 members, all of whom are beef producers or importers of cattle, beef or beef products.

Madalyn Rohr earns junior bronze and silver awards

Madalyn Rohr, Elbert, Colo., has earned the National Junior Angus Association's bronze and silver awards, according to Jaclyn Upperman, education and events director of the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo. The 16-year-old daughter of Mitch and Lea Rohr attends Douglas County High School. She is a member of the NJAA and the Colorado Junior Angus Association. She has participated in local, state, regional and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show, Madalyn participated in the photography, team sales, quiz bowl and livestock judging contests. In 2015 she participated in the mentoring program. She has also submitted weight data to the Angus Herd Improvement Records. The bronze and silver awards are the first two levels of the NJAA Recognition Program that began in 1972. Junior Angus breeders must apply for the awards, than meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honors. Applicants are evaluated in areas of junior Angus association activities and leadership, participation in showmanship, contests and shows, using performance testing to improve their herd and their progress in producing and merchandising Angus cattle. The NJAA promotes the involvement of young people in raising Angus cattle, while also providing leadership and self-development opportunities for the nearly 6,000 active members nationwide.

Maguire Rohr earns junior bronze and silver awards

Maguire Rohr, Elbert, Colo., has earned the National Junior Angus Association's bronze and silver awards, according to Jaclyn Upperman, education and events director of the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo. The 16-year-old son of Mitch and Lea Rohr attends Douglas County High School. He is a member of the NJAA and the Colorado Junior Angus Association where he has served as treasurer. He has participated in local, state, regional and national shows and showmanship contests. At the National Junior Angus Show, Maguire participated in the team fitting, quiz bowl, livestock judging and team sales contests. In 2015 he participated in the mentoring program. He has also submitted weight data to the Angus Herd Improvement Records and consigned cattle to the National Western Stock Show female sale. The bronze and silver awards are the first two levels of the NJAA Recognition Program that began in 1972. Junior Angus breeders must apply for the awards, than meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honors. Applicants are evaluated in areas of junior Angus association activities and leadership, participation in showmanship, contests and shows, using performance testing to improve their herd and their progress in producing and merchandising Angus cattle.

The NJAA promotes the involvement of young people in raising Angus cattle, while also providing leadership and self-development opportunities for the nearly 6,000 active members nationwide. ❖

Miss Rodeo Nebraska Oliver receives crown

CURTIS, Neb. — A lifelong dream for a Sandhills cowgirl is coming true. Eva Oliver, a Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Aggie, received her crown and official title as Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2019 on Jan. 5 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds in Valentine.

Oliver graduated in May, 2018, from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis with an associate of science degree in veterinary technology. While studying at NCTA, Oliver was busy with her vet tech classes but most enjoyed the ranch horse program and opportunities to ride horses. A month after her graduation in May, during a statewide rodeo queen contest 45 miles north of her college campus, the Aggie alumna not only won the horsemanship competition but the overall title to be Miss Rodeo Nebraska Lady-in-Waiting. The achievement was a young cowgirl's dream for the daughter of Chuck and Stacie Oliver. She had spent the first two decades of her life on a Nebraska Sandhills ranch south of Merriman. She grew up riding horses and enjoying the great outdoors east of Gordon, in neighboring Cherry County which boasts more cows than humans in the vast ranching territory of north central Nebraska. Chuck Oliver taught his daughter the skill of maneuvering teams of draft horses at Shadbolt Cattle Company where he's managed rangeland and cowherds for 30 years. While in junior and senior high schools, Oliver was active in athletics at Cody-Kilgore Rural High School. Her summers were spent in the hay fields, working at the ranch, or traveling with friends to rodeos and queen contests.

The princess-turned-queen has represented the sport of rodeo throughout Nebraska, she said, thanks to support from her family, neighbors and good friends like Buck and Joan Buckles of rural Gordon. Among her teen titles was princess at the Old West Trail Rodeo in Crawford in 2013. Then, in her home territory, she became Miss Rodeo Cherry County. Later, in 2017, at Nebraska's Big Rodeo, one of the oldest rodeos in the nation, she became Miss Burwell Rodeo. That was just before her second year studying veterinary technology at NCTA in Curtis, located in southwestern Nebraska. After her Miss Rodeo Nebraska duties are complete, Oliver hopes to take her national exam and become a licensed veterinary technician like her mother. She enjoyed her NCTA internship in Ogallala and appreciates the area of Nebraska within a few hour's drive home. This summer, between events and travels, Oliver helped out at Shadbolt Cattle Company and occasionally for Hyannis Veterinary Services. Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2019 knows her next year will entail much travel, rodeo and public appearances where she can represent rodeo while encouraging young people to pursue their education and dreams.

Al and Mary Knapp inducted into Gelbvieh Hall of Fame

Al and Mary Knapp of Basehor, Kan., were inducted into the American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame for 2019. The induction took place during the awards banquet at the 48th Annual AGA National Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Dustin Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan., presented the award to the Knapp family. He expressed his sincere gratitude towards the couple on behalf of his family and the numerous other individuals throughout the country whose lives have been positively influenced by the Knapps. The AGA Hall of Fame recognizes individuals for their lasting contribution to the growth and development of the Gelbvieh breed. Hall of fame inductee selection criterion includes contributions to breed promotion efforts, leadership provided to the association and the breeding of superior genetics that are of great influence within the Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle population. Over the past 22 years the Knapps have had a tremendous impact on the AGA and more importantly, the people within it. While running a successful Gelbvieh operation the Knapps served 16 years as American Gelbvieh Junior Association advisers. Al has served on the AGA board of directors, and served as AGA president in 2010, In addition, the Knapps currently serve on the American Gelbvieh Foundation board of directors, with Al serving as AGF president. Al and Mary Knapp take service-centered leadership to a whole new level and their passion for fellow breeders and the association's youth is the standard of the breed. Both the AGA and AGJA are improved associations because of the relentless efforts and sacrifices of the Knapps. ❖

Wyoming Historic Preservation Office honors 21 families

The Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office honored 21 families at its 13th annual Centennial Farm & Ranch ceremony recently at the Douglas Intermediate School.

The Wyoming Centennial Farm and Ranch Program honors families who have owned and operated the same farm or ranch for 100 years or longer.

These ranches and farms are not just history, but remain vital today and highlight the importance of agriculture to Wyoming.

This year's Centennial families: Joe Weber Family, Joe Weber Homestead Farm, Platte County – 1917; Hageman Family Lamp Chimney Ranch, LLC., Converse County – 1918; Sommers Family, Horseshoe Valley Ranch, Platte County – 1892; Haefele Family, Haefele Ranch, Converse County – 1918; Marty and Darci Edwards, Groves Ranch, Campbell County – 1916; Koch Family, Four Mile Ranch, Johnson County – 1918; Kennedy Family, Vale Ranch, LLC., Albany County – 1918; Kenneth E. Faber, Barney Faber Homestead, Laramie County – 1918; Delwin L. and Janet Ann Bass, Bass Ranch, Goshen County – 1917; Ruffing Trust, Wilson, Ruffing and Holloman Families, Niobrara County – 1896; Turner Family, Turnercrest Ranch, Campbell County – 1918; Ronda Lacey, Kaitlyn Pfister, Cally and Jackson Lund, Jack Pfister Ranch, Niobrara County – 1916; Richard and Donna Hakert, Hakert Ranch, Johnson County – 1916; Cowardin Family, Mona Ranch, Crook County – 1908; Larry and Ruthie Cundall, Cundall Ranch, Platte County – 1917; Pickinpaugh Family; P3 Ranch, LLC., Converse County – 1915; Mike A. Hakert Family, Mike Alexander Hakert Homestead, Johnson County – 1916; Ligocki Family, Robert and Joan, Merle and Amy, Two Horsepower Ranch, Sheridan County – 1917; Robert Grant, Grant Ranch, Platte County – 1884; Groves and Drake Family, Sunburst Ranch, Campbell County – 1917; Clay Family, T – K Ranch, Albany County – 1900.

ASA elects new board members and officers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – During the American Shorthorn Association Annual Meeting on Dec. 1, delegates from all over the country gathered to elect new ASA board members. The nominating committee submitted three candidates for the available positions. Hugh Mooney, a board member from California, was elected for his second term. John Sonderman from Columbus, Neb., and Toby Jordan from Rensselaer, Ind., were elected for their first term to the ASA board. They will serve a three-year term. Following the annual meeting, the board met to elect new officers, for the nine-member board. The new president of the board is Rick Leone of Colorado, vice-president is Nancy Grathwohl-Heter of Kansas, and the executive director is Hugh Mooney of California. They serve alongside Tom Turner of Ohio, Joe Bales of Tennessee, Robert Alden of Missouri, Dave Greenhorn of Ohio, Toby Jordan of Indiana and John Sonderman of Nebraska.

UW meat judging team cracks top 10 in national contest

The University of Wyoming's meat judging team corralled its first top 10 finish of its first season by placing seventh at the 2018 American Meat Science Association International Meat Judging Contest in Dakota City, Neb. Nineteen teams and 105 students competed Nov. 11. The meat team competed at four contests in the spring and five in the fall. The International was the last for this team. Four of the five members are on the scoring team at competitions with one alternate. Haley Cole of Cheyenne had the top score for the team at the International, finishing 13th overall, second in beef and total placings and third in total beef. Katie Hazlewood of Riverton placed 13th in beef judging. Cedar Anderson of Manila, Utah, finished 19th overall and eighth in beef grading. Zach Davis of Sebastopol, Calif., finished 15th in specifications and 10th in placings. Jepsen said Davis scored a perfect 100 on his specifications. Seventeen students earned perfect scores, and ties were broken based on a student's reasons scores. Only 17 out of the 72 students eligible to be on a scoring team received perfect scores. Any UW team member scoring a 100 joins the animal science department's 100 Club and their name included with others on a special plaque. Erika Eckhardt of Sterling, Neb., was selected for the Hamilton Spirit Award.

Each university at the competition selects one team member for the award named in honor of Rachel Strode Hamilton. She was program director of intercollegiate meats judging for the American Meat Science Association from July 2000 until her death in 2005. ❖

Larimer County, Colo., natural resources director is retiring

LOVELAND, Colo. — Larimer County Department of Natural Resources Director Gary Buffington will retire at the end of 2018 after leading the department for the past 18 years. Buffington has guided the department through countless successes in conservation and recreation as it has met the challenges of increased demand for outdoor amenities in Larimer County.

Buffington grew up in Larimer County and took the helm of the department in May of 2001 after 27 years with Colorado State Parks. Since then, the department has expanded to include numerous new open spaces, facilities and trails, along with Larimer County's weeds and forestry programs.

When Buffington started this position, the department had conserved 12,000 acres of land. Earlier this year, it crested the 50,000-acre milestone for land conserved in Larimer County with the support of its partners and private landowners. Today, the department manages more than a dozen open spaces, four reservoir parks, several smaller parks and 95 miles of paved and natural surface trails, thanks in a large part to Buffington's vision and leadership.

During his tenure, the department built and improved day use areas, campgrounds and facilities on county-managed parks and open spaces, including a visitor center at Horsetooth Reservoir. In addition, in 2014, thanks to the work of community stakeholders, Larimer County's 1/4-cent Help Preserve Open Spaces sales tax was extended for 25 years, to 2043, with 82 percent of citizens voting in favor of it.

After more than four decades working in natural resources, Buffington said he's looking forward to traveling, enjoying the outdoors in Larimer County and abroad, and spending more time with his family.

Larimer County is in the process of hiring a new Natural Resources director and expects to have a new person hired to lead the department by the end of 2018.

Riemann named State Distinguished Alumnus

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Jim Riemann, Wamego, Kan., was recognized as this year's Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry Distinguished Alumnus on Dec. 3.

Riemann is an industry-leading authority in steam pasteurization of beef carcasses. He earned three degrees from K-State — a bachelor's degree in agricultural education in 1966, a master's degree in animal science in 1973 and a doctorate in food science in 1974.

Upon completion of graduate school, Riemann went to the University of Tennessee-Knoxville as a teaching and research faculty member in meat science. His research focused on meat animal composition, meat palatability, packaging and further processing.

In 1992, Riemann entered private industry, becoming director of a new beef research and development program for Excel Corp. (Cargill) in Wichita, Kan. He placed a strong emphasis on creating new food safety technologies, which resulted in two patented processes placing the company in an industry-leading role in food safety.

In addition to the research and development focus, Riemann worked with K-State's David Shafer to host the state 4-H Meat Judging Contest for several years.

In late 1998, Riemann was named president of Certified Angus Beef LLC and moved to Wooster, Ohio. During his tenure, brand extensions of CAB All Natural and CAB Prime were created and the program was transformed into an LLC.

He retired in late 2006. In January 2011, Riemann left retirement to serve as Kansas Department of Agriculture assistant secretary and oversee nine regulatory programs. He retired from that role in August 2013.

Riemann and his wife, Nancy, reside in Wamego, Kan. They have two children and seven grandchildren. ❖

Feuz receives Jim DeBree Award

Developing programs for ranchers focusing on increased production and efficiency, and collaboration with peers are among reasons a Uinta County University of Wyoming Extension educator has received the organization's highest honor.

Bridger Feuz, based in Evanston, was presented the Jim DeBree Award at extension's training conference Nov. 6-8 in Casper. Feuz is extension's livestock marketing specialist and involved in extension's range initiative team. Programs he has developed include the Wyoming Master Cattleman Program and Ranch Management Institute. The multi-day workshops focus on topics such as assessing ranch marketing and financial analysis, partial budgeting and investment analysis tools, range management, genetics and livestock risk protection. At the end of each production strategy session, producers work through examples using tools from earlier sessions. Each strategy is analyzed for its potential from a goals/risk perspective and a financial "what if" analysis. Feuz started the annual Wyoming-Utah Ag Days, first held in January in Evanston, two years ago. Nominators also cited Feuz's involvement in his local community; his willingness to draw in extension educators from surrounding states for his programs; and his involvement in other extension professional areas, including nutrition and youth education. Feuz joined UW Extension in 2004.

Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts elects leadership

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The state's 34 local conservation districts elected new association leadership during their recent convention held in Evanston at the Historic Roundhouse. Todd Heward, of Shirley Basin and Medicine Bow Conservation District stepped up from the vice president to take the helm as the association's president succeeding Shaun Sims of Evanston who served in the role for the past eight years. Dan Rice of Ten Sleep and the Washakie County Conservation District will assume the position of vice president. Heward has served on the Medicine Bow Conservation District since 2013. He is a fifth generation cattle and sheep rancher on the family ranch homesteaded in 1909. Heward earned a bachelor's in watershed management and rangeland ecology from the University of Wyoming. The Heward family is a past recipient of the Wyoming Stock Growers Environmental Stewardship Award. Heward has served on a number of committees and workgroups related to greater sage grouse conservation and wind energy development. Rice is a fourth generation rancher from Ten Sleep. He has served on the Washakie County Conservation District board since 2008. Rice has also served on his local school board, an advisory board for Security State Bank and the local Farm Service Agency county committee. Rice represented Wyoming's districts as a national director in 2017. Also joining the board is banker and rancher, Ryan Fieldgrove of Buffalo; Shanon Sims a rancher from Rock River; Levi Clark a banker and rancher from Wheatland; and Reg Phillips, a rancher and property manager from Dubois. Fieldgrove replaces Bob Maul of Gillette who was elected in November as a Campbell County Commissioner, Sims will serve on the board as a director during Heward's term as president, Clark replaced Curtis Grandstaff of LaGrange and Phillips replaced Jeri Trebelcock of Lander.

American Gelbvieh Association elects leadership

Members of the American Gelbvieh Association elected five candidates to the board of directors at the annual membership meeting held Nov. 30, 2018, during the 48th Annual AGA National Convention in Nashville. Newly elected board members are Todd Bickett, Chickamauga, Ga., and Lori Maude, Hermosa, S,D. Re-elected to serve a second term was Andrea Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.; Randy Sienknecht, Gladbrook, Iowa; and Jeff Swanson, Oxford, Neb. The AGA board of directors also elected individuals to serve in leadership positions on the executive committee for 2019. John Carrel, Columbus, Mont., was elected as AGA president. Dan McCarty, Rifle, Colo., was elected vice president. Klint Sickler, Gladstone, N.D., was re-elected secretary; and Walter Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C., was re-elected treasurer. Other members of the AGA board of directors are: Dustin Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan.; Leland Clark, Barnard, Kan.; Doug Hughes, Max Meadows, Va.; Jeff Loveless, Spanish Fork, Utah; Derek Martin, Bucklin, Kan.; and Lowell Rogers, Seminary, Miss. Retiring members of the 2018 AGA board of directors were Scott Starr, Stapleton, Neb., who served as president in 2017 and 2018; and Dennis Gustin, Mandan, N.D. The AGA would like to thank these members for their years of service on the AGA board of directors. ❖