Agriculture commissioner visits BMS

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MEEKER — John Stulp, commissioner of agriculture, visited Barone Middle School Feb. 20.
He talked about technological challenges facing today’s agriculture producer.
Stulp was named commissioner by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. He replaced Don Ament who served in the position for the past eight years. Stulp served as a Prowers County commissioner from 1991, when he was appointed to fill a vacancy, until January 2005. He also served on numerous other boards and commissions including the state Board of Agriculture (1986 to 1995), state Wildlife Commission (1995-99), the Connect Colorado technology committee (1996) and the Colorado Ag Development Authority and Value Added Board (2005-06).
Stulp, for the last 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 farms 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.
Stulp was graduated from Yuma High School in 1966, earned his bachelor’s degree in veterinary science from Colorado State University in 1970 and his doctor of veterinary medicine from CSU in 1972. He and his wife, Jane, have five children.