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WyFB recognizes members

Written by Emilee Gibb

Laramie – In addition to setting new policy and installing new leaders for 2017, Wyoming Farm Bureau (WyFB) honored the recipients of the Friend of Farm Bureau and Distinguished Leadership Awards during their 97th annual meeting, held in Laramie Nov. 10-12.

Friend of Farm Bureau

WyFB nominated retiring Congressman Cynthia Lummis, Sen. Mike Enzi and Sen. John Barrasso to the American Farm Bureau Federation for the prestigious Friend of Farm Bureau Award.

“I am standing in front of people who have provided me wise counsel and good guidance, input and ideas, thoughtfulness and have been great stewards of the land, the water and the air in our beloved state of Wyoming,” said Lummis.

Lummis commended WyFB and Wyoming agriculturalists for their dedication to caring for Wyoming’s heritage and resources.

“This organization is special because it’s comprised of people who care so very deeply for our state, do as I, and we will continue to work together throughout our lives to continue that wonderful tradition of Wyoming being the most exceptional, most wonderful state in which to be involved with agriculture, to raise a family and to have a small business,” she said.

She expressed her appreciation for the support and guidance that the WyFB has given her during her service in the legislature.

“To have guidance and wise counsel and to be with WyFB means a great deal to me,” said Lummis. “Family and faith go together with this organization and agriculture. I salute this organization. Thank you very, very much.”

Selfless

WyFB recognized Crook County President and Northeast District Vice President Frank Hawken as the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Leadership Award.

WyFB President Todd Fornstrom explained that Hawken has been involved with the WyFB throughout his life.

“He has served the Farm Bureau in every capacity from the local president to staff for the WyFB,” said Fornstrom.

Hawken’s work ethic set him apart and is an example to those that he is leading, continued Fornstrom.

“He is the epitome of a servant leader, always leading by example and working hard to achieve any goal,” he commented.

In addition to Hawken’s service to the WyFB, he also is actively involved in other local organizations.

“He lends his leadership to numerous local service organizations and causes. He is always quick to volunteer and does so graciously. Frank’s unselfish attitude makes any organization he’s involved in flourish,” concluded Fornstrom.

Emilee Gibb is editor of Wyoming Livestock Roundup and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.