Anthony Lobato, a rancher from Center, was recognized with the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Friend of Extension Award at the organization’s annual awards luncheon on Oct. 16.
The award is given each year by the Cooperative Extension professional fraternity, Epsilon Sigma Phi, to recognize a businesses or individuals who make significant contributions to Cooperative Extension.
"Anthony has a strong commitment to the mission of Cooperative Extension," said Milan Rewerts, Colorado State Cooperative Extension director. "He has served on our state advisory council for seven years, including two years as chairman, as well as serving on regional advisor boards and as a 4-H leader in Center. He’s helped us host workshops and tours to assist his neighbors in continuing their education in agricultural production."
Lobato was involved in Colorado State University-hosted educational tours including the 1985 Chinese National Delegation, the Mexican Ranches Tour in 1998 and the Kentucky Cattleman Tour in 1999. He’s also been involved in educational tours with the Iowa Cattle Feeders in 1969 and the Mexican National Delegation in 1999.
Lobato’s livestock also have won numerous awards at the National Western Stock Show and at county and state fairs. In 1998, he was named the San Luis Valley Cattleman of the Year.
Lobato grew up on a ranch in the San Luis Valley, attended Colorado State from 1977-1981 and graduated with a degree in agriculture industry management. He also completed Colorado State’s ranch management school in 1994 and the Leading Edge Small Business Course in 1999 at Adams State College.
Additional community involvement includes serving on the San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association board member and secretary from 1996-2003, the La Garita Cemetery board from 1998-2003, hiring committee member for the Center Consolidated Schools and on the San Luis Valley fair board.
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