NFU honors 33 congressional ag champions |

NFU honors 33 congressional ag champions

WASHINGTON ­— National Farmers Union proudly recognized 33 outstanding U.S. senators and representatives who demonstrated leadership and support at the federal policymaking level for family farmers, ranchers and their rural communities.

The Golden Triangle Award, the family farm organization’s highest legislative honor, was presented to recipients at an awards reception on Sept. 12, during NFU’s Fall Legislative Fly-In. “The Golden Triangle Award recognizes farm and food champions in Congress that display outstanding leadership on the issues that are important to both our industry and our organization. We’re appreciative of their insight and devotion to securing the nation’s food supply for the good of both American family farmers and consumers,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. The Golden Triangle, first presented in 1988, symbolizes the core principles of the Farmers Union organization: education, cooperation, and legislation. This year’s Golden Triangle honorees were selected for their leadership and dedication to improving the livelihoods of family farmers and ranchers. The 2017 recipients of the Golden Triangle Award: Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.; Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn.; Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont.; Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.; Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn.; Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich.; Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.; Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.; Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Ill.; Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb.; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii; Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio; Rep. Ann Kuster, D-Ohio; Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa; Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M.; Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.; Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn.; Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.; Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine; Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn.

Griffin named Mentor of the Year

MADISON, N.J., – Merck

Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside of the U.S. and Canada) and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners presented Dee Griffin with the Mentor of the Year Award as a result of his significant contributions to the bovine medicine industry and his commitment to mentoring the next generations of bovine veterinarians. Each year, the award is given out at the AABP Annual Conference to recognize an individual who has played a role in educating, supporting and advancing the careers of future bovine veterinarians. “We admire Dr. Griffin’s contributions to veterinary medicine and his ongoing passion for being a resource for students,” said Norman Stewart, DVM, livestock and technical services manager for Merck Animal Health. “We commend him for his ability to engage with and share his experience and knowledge with students and young veterinarians.” Griffin’s interest in beef production began at an early age, as he was raised on a cow-calf operation in western Oklahoma. He played a key role in founding the Beef Quality Assurance program. He has been a member of the BQA advisory board since it began and is passionate about educating producers on the program. The program works to teach producers about beef quality issues, including animal husbandry, antibiotic stewardship and health management. “Dr. Griffin is dedicated to the next generation and never quits giving back,” said Bob Smith, DVM, a long-time friend and colleague of Griffin. “He is always encouraging and uplifting students and instilling in them a deep passion for the beef industry and vet medicine.” As a result of his dedication and service to the beef industry, Griffin also received the Industry Leadership Award and was inducted into the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame. “Dr. Dee Griffin has made an impact on the career of many veterinarians. A mentor is an experienced and trusted advisor, and Dr. Griffin certainly fulfills that definition,” said Fred Gingrich II, DVM, executive vice president of AABP. “His lifelong passion for veterinary medicine and teaching make him the ideal candidate to join the long list of other Mentor of the Year recipients.” Griffin is an active member of numerous veterinary organizations, including AABP, and is the 11th recipient of the Mentor of the Year Award, which was instituted in 2007. He completed his doctor of veterinary medicine degree at Oklahoma State University in 1976 and then completed his master of science degree in pathology and ruminant nutrition from Purdue University. He practiced beef-cattle medicine before becoming faculty at Nebraska’s Great Plains Veterinary Education Center. Griffin retired from GPVEC after 25 years and is now working as a clinical professor and director of the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Center at West Texas A&M University.

Frank, DVM, PhD named 2018 Citizen of the West

DENVER – The National Western Stock Show has named Tony Frank the 2018 Citizen of the West, an award that recognizes those who embody the spirit and determination of the Western pioneer and perpetuate the West’s agriculture heritage and ideals. A committee of community leaders selects the recipients. Frank is the president of Colorado State University and chancellor of the Colorado State University System. He will receive the prestigious award at a dinner on Jan. 8, 2018, at the National Western Events Center. Proceeds from the event support 100 scholarships awarded annually to colleges and universities in Colorado and Wyoming by the National Western Scholarship Trust. Growing up in Illinois, Frank was heavily involved in 4-H and has since been inducted into both the Illinois and Colorado 4-H Halls of Fame. After graduating from Wartburg College, he earned his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Illinois, and a PhD in comparative pathology from Purdue. Prior to his appointment as president of Colorado State University in 2008, he served as the university’s provost and executive vice president, vice president for research, chairman of the Pathology Department, and associate dean for research in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Frank is lauded for his academic vision and leadership enhancing the land-grant mission of Colorado State University. “Tony has served Colorado State University and the CSU system with impressive leadership for many years. He is an extraordinary visionary who is committed to a broader engagement of CSU regionally, nationally and internationally, through an expanding role at the future National Western Center,” said Pat Grant, chairman of the board of the Western Stock Show Association. Frank’s dedication to the larger community shines through nationally in his role on the University Research Alliance; the NCAA Division I Board of Directors; the National Renewal Energy Laboratory External Advisory Council; Board of Managers, College Football Playoff; and as past chair of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Commission on International Initiatives. Locally, he serves on the boards of the National Western Stock Show Association, the Boettcher Foundation, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Food Bank for Larimer County. He has served on panels including the U.S. Department of Commerce Deemed Export Advisory Council, the editorial board of Toxicologic Pathology, and as a member of the Colorado Climate Action Panel. Frank and his wife, Patti Helper, live in Loveland, Colo., and have three daughters. To purchase tickets to attend the 2018 Citizen of the West event honoring Tony Frank, please contact Morgan Unks at (303) 299-5560 or

Simmental elects new leaders, presents honors

PUEBLO, Colo. — Colorado Simmental adult and youth members elected leadership and honored volunteers during its annual meeting in Pueblo, Colo. Robert Campbell of Ignacio, Colo., and Mike Rains of Oakley, Kan., were recognized with the traditional engraved cowbell as they retired from Colorado Simmental Association board service. Campbell had served 18 years in separate terms including several years as president, and Rains completed nine years as a director. Campbell expressed his thanks to Susan Russell, a Sugar City rancher. Russell has been CSA secretary/treasurer since 1998 plus she coordinates National Western Stock Show breed events. She was named the President’s Award recipient. In addition to reports and highlights of the year in the 47th annual business session, Russ Princ and Willie Altenburg, both of Fort Collins, Colo., were elected as directors. The board size was formally reduced to a seven-person governing body. Further, Beth Temple of Center, Colo., was selected president and Jay Hill of Sterling, Colo., was elected vice-president. Rounding out the board are current directors Vicky Ahlberg, Duke Duzik and Mitchell Jergensen. Russell was re-appointed secretary/treasurer. During the youth’s annual meetings, Bryce Hill of Sterling was re-elected Colorado Junior Simmental president, Keanna Smith of Ignacio, Colo., as vice president; and Kyli Kraft of Fort Collins, as secretary. All CJSA members exhibiting in the Colorado State Fair show’s youth show on Aug. 28 received defrayment checks to cover entry and travel expenses. Smith, a newly appointed American Junior Simmental Trustee, was congratulated on her leadership position and she received travel defrayment from attending the AJSA National Classic. The CJSA members began planning a 2018 multi-breed field day. ❖