Farm Bureau gives top award to Southern Ariz. rancher
Brenna Goth For The Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Friday, November 18,
2011 12:00 am |
Southern Arizona rancher Dan Bell received the Arizona Farm Bureau
Rancher of the Year Award for his work in raising awareness of issues
facing border ranchers.
The organization recognized Bell during its conference on Nov. 10.
Bell, a third-generation rancher, is the president of the ZZ Cattle
Corp. northwest of Nogales. His family has ranched along the border
Bell was a friend of Robert Krentz, the rancher who was gunned down
on his land northeast of Douglas in March 2010. Bell has spoken to
national and international media on the subject and has tried to show
the challenges facing border ranchers.
"When that tragedy occurred, it was like a clarion call for him to
make sure it never happens again," said Julie Murphree, spokeswoman
for the Arizona Farm Bureau.
Bell is also involved with the Border Patrol's Citizens Advisory
Board at the Nogales station and the Ranchers Liaison Group. He is a
part of various other organizations, including the Pima County Farm
Bureau and the Arizona Department of Agriculture's advisory council.
He won the award for his leadership in the community, expertise in
running a ranch and role in educating the public, said Kevin Rogers,
president of the Arizona Farm Bureau.
"He's been so proactive and open in letting people learn about his
ranch and how border issues affect all ranchers in Southern Arizona,"
Rogers said. "We really felt he's stepped up in the last few years."
Marana family gets Heritage award
The Clark family of Marana was given the Heritage Award by the
Arizona Farm Bureau in the organization's annual conference. The
Clark family played an integral role in founding the town of Marana,
just north of Tucson.
Frank Clark came to Marana in 1919 and opened the town's first
general store and post office, and founded a community church. The
family began farming in the late 1930s and Tom Clark Sr. was a
founding member of the Pima County Farm Bureau. Tom Clark, Jr. today
farms cotton, barley and sorghum on the family's land.
Brenna Goth is a University of Arizona student who is an apprentice
at the Star. Contact her at email@example.com or 573-4213.
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