DENVER — The Colorado FFA Foundation inducted four honorees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame on March 2, with celebrations in both Denver and Montrose. The events were connected virtually through sound and video. The state FFA officers conducted the occasion, which was emceed by Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg and assisted by Delta County Administrator Robbie LeValley.
Approximately 400 people celebrated with the families and friends of Beth LaShell, Brian Allmer (posthumous) and Vernon Cooksey, (posthumous) at a dinner and ceremony in Denver, and 120 more joined the commemoration in Montrose with the family and friends of Andy Wick.
LaShell, Durango, is coordinator of the Old Fort for Fort Lewis College. Cooksey was a wheat farmer and community leader, farming with three generations of his family on a diversified wheat farm near Roggen. Allmer, Briggsdale, was a pioneering ag broadcaster and supporter of youth in agriculture from Briggsdale. Andy Wick, Austin, is a dairyman who is devoted to growth and innovation.
The honorees joined 97 other outstanding Colorado agriculturists who have been similarly honored since 1989. All Agriculture Hall of Fame members’ portraits are displayed in the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education at Colorado State University. A webcast of the ceremony can be viewed at: https://livestream.com/
Hosted by the Colorado FFA Foundation, the induction ceremony is held yearly to induct members into the Agriculture Hall of Fame who have significantly contributed to Colorado’s second largest industry. A unique, multi-media presentation highlighted the life of each new inductee during the ceremony. More information about the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame is available here: http://coloradoffafoundation.
–Glenda Mostek, Colorado FFA Foundation