Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture and Colorado State University alumnus John Stulp will address members of the Gamma Sigma Delta agricultural honor society on March 28. It will be his first visit to campus since his appointment to head Colorado’s Department of Agriculture.
A Prowers County farmer and rancher, Stulp earned his bachelor’s and doctoral in veterinary medicine from Colorado State in 1970 and 1972, respectively. Stulp Farms in Lamar has provided continued support to Colorado State, including hosting sites for the Colorado State-led Pierre Auger Observatory-Northern Observatory project and a weather station for Colorado State-based Colorado Climate Center.
Stulp was appointed Colorado’s Commissioner of Agriculture by Gov. Bill Ritter. He served as a Prowers County commissioner from 1991, when he was appointed to fill a vacancy, until January 2005. He also has served on numerous other boards and commissions, including the State Board of Agriculture, the governing body of Colorado State, from 1986 to 1995; state Wildlife Commission from 1995 to 1999; the Connect Colorado technology committee in 1996; and the Colorado Agricultural Development Authority and Value Added Board from 2005 to 2006.
A member of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union since 1975, Stulp for the past several years has been a leading proponent of building wind farms in wheat fields as a way to develop new economic opportunities and jobs for Colorado’s farmers and ranchers. Stulp’s family farming operation is home to the Lamar Light and Power Wind Farm, and Stulp is a principal in Prairie Wind Energy LLC.
Gamma Sigma Delta is an academic honor society for students, faculty and researchers in agricultural fields. Stulp will address the society about the future of Colorado agriculture. The event is closed to the public.