Ag Economist Receives Mid-Career Award from University

Jeffrey Tranel, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension agricultural economist in the southeastern area of Colorado, was recognized with the Cooperative Extension Mid-Career Service Award at the organization’s annual awards luncheon on Oct. 16.

The Mid-Career Service Award is given each year to people who have served Colorado State Cooperative Extension exceptionally well for 10 to 20 years. Recipients of the award exhibit continuing leadership and excellence in program planning, delivery and evaluation.

"Jeff is enthusiastic and skilled," said Milan Rewerts, Colorado State Cooperative Extension director. "He has worked on a variety of topics and his knowledge of agricultural economics and the issues facing his clientele is exemplary. He is willing to do what it takes to get the job done."

Tranel began his tenure with Colorado State Cooperative Extension in 1987 and has worked in the southeastern area of the state as well as along the Front Range and the San Luis Valley. He develops, conducts and evaluates educational materials and programs pertaining to financial management, marketing, risk management, retirement planning, tax management, legislation affecting agriculture, record keeping and value-added agriculture.

His clientele include farmers, ranchers, small business owners, university colleagues, bankers, agricultural and environmental organizations, public officials, lawmakers, municipalities and Cooperative Extension agents.

Tranel has been involved in multiple special projects including the Colorado Conservation Reserve Program demonstration and educational projects, and the five-state Conservation Reserve Program education project, Southeast Farm Business Association, and the national Animal Confinement Policy Task Force. He has co-authored two books, five manuals and helped develop seven software templates for farmers and ranchers.

Most recently, Tranel focused on his role in the Cooperative Extension Drought Task Force and the governor of Colorado’s Water Availability Task Force. He developed fact sheets and articles to help farmers and ranchers make drought-related business decisions, and gave almost 100 interviews to local, state and national media to help inform the public about the drought and its economic impact on the state.


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