Tonto Basin Woman Honored As Rancher Of The Year For Ag Program

Lori Brown (right)

Lori Brown (right)

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The Globe Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce has named a Tonto Basin woman Rancher of the Year.

Lori Brown received the award Dec. 3 at a Salute to Ranchers dinner in Globe.

Brown was honored for her work running an agricultural education program at her Tonto Basin ranch.

This year, 800 schoolchildren throughout Gila County participated in the Agriculture Awareness Program at the H-4 Ranch.

The program is part of the educational goals of the Tonto Natural Resource Conservation District in conjunction with the University of Arizona 4-H Youth Development program.

The program launched in the spring of 2010 at Payson Elementary School to fourth-graders and expanded to include more schools and grades.

Besides organizing the program, Brown sits on the Tonto National Resource Conservation District Board, Gila County Planning and Zoning Commission, University of Arizona Advisory Board, is a 4-H leader and works with the Cub Scouts.

Members of the Gila County Cattle Growers nominated Brown.

Besides Brown, Joe Lavine of Globe was named Wrangler of the Year and Leroy and Velma Tucker of Globe received the Buster Mounts award.

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