Nate Northrup, Leonard and Tammie Ball, and Sue Henry were named Conservationists of the year at West Greeley Conservation District’s 68th Annual Meeting and Dinner.
WGCD also honored two longstanding and respected board members who retired. Stan Cass and Richard Foose were recognized for more than 45 combined years of service and dedication to the District.
Northrup was named Farmer of the Year. The Balls were named Rancher of the year, and Sue Henry, Small Acreage of the Year.
The Nov. 3 event at Island Grove drew approximately 150 people. Special guests included USDA representatives; Maria Secrest, regional director for Veterans’ Affairs for Sen. Cory Gardner; the WGCD Board of Supervisors; the District staff.
Also in attendance were WGCD scholarship recipients Colter Johnson, Geoff Elliott, Jenna Frink, Amber Thormosgard and Carter Stout. The five graduating high school seniors plan to study natural resources and conservation.
Eagle Scout Kevin Madden led the pledge of allegiance. Richard Foose gave the blessing for the delicious meal provided by Kenny’s Catering.
Greeley West FFA designed and created the metal artwork presented as awards to the Conservationists of the Year and retiring board members.