Darrell Hanavan, executive director of the Colorado Wheat Administrative Council, was recognized with the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Friend of Extension Award at the organization’s annual awards ceremony on Dec. 9.
The award is given each year by the Cooperative Extension professional fraternity, Epsilon Sigma Phi, to recognize businesses or individuals who make significant contributions to Cooperative Extension in Colorado.
Within his role at the Colorado Wheat Administrative Council, Hanavan works closely with Colorado State Cooperative Extension professionals on campus and in county offices to help them to provide education to Colorado’s farmers and ranchers. He also collaborates with researchers and educators from the university and Cooperative Extension to investigate economic risks to wheat farmers and develop information to help farmers manage those threats.
Hanavan also develops and advocates for funding to develop new information and resources for Colorado’s wheat farmers through educational programs and research projects at Colorado State.
Hanavan has previously been recognized for his contributions with the Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture award of merit from Colorado State University’s chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture Gamma Sigma Delta, recognition for meritorious service by the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, and by the U. S. Department of Agriculture for outstanding service to American agriculture and exemplary commitment to farm and ranch families and rural communities.
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