Cassie Lyman awards

Cassie Lyman is not only a rancher, she’s also an advocate for the agriculture lifestyle.

Local rancher Cassie Lyman has amassed an impressive resumé in her quest to tell everyone about the agricultural life.

In January, Lyman was fourth in the nation for the American Farm Bureau Achievement in Agriculture Award.

“The Achievement Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who have excelled in their farm or ranch and have honed their leadership abilities to superiority,” said Lyman.

To qualify for this recognition, participants must receive a majority of their income from ranching or farming, which is subject to normal production risks such as weather, the market, available feed, and illness, to name a few.

Judges looked at competitor’s excellence in management, growth and scope of their agriculture business, in addition to their self-initiative.

Lyman said she first had to win the state competition before moving to the national competition. She placed in the Top 10 and then settled into the fourth-place slot.

But the mother of four boys, ages 13, 10, 6 and 3, didn’t stop with that award.

The Center for Rural Leadership (Project CENTRL), selected Lyman to participate in its rural leadership class.

“Project CENTRL has trained over 600 Arizona leaders since 1983,” said Lyman. “Project CENTRL’s impact on rural Arizona is significant and substantial as participants hold many leadership positions around the state.”

Lyman, along with 15 other classmates, went to the first seminar (labeled Class 27) from June 14 to 16.

The class will meet for the next 12 months participating in nine seminars from The Fundamentals of Leadership, to Effective Community and Public Policy in Arizona.

“The program culminated with a team project and presentation entitled ‘Make A Difference,’ where the class graduates address how they would help resolve and solve some of Arizona’s key issues and challenges,” said Lyman.

Lyman has signed up 40 ranching families in Gila County with the Farm Bureau, an advocacy and farm insurance group.

“Gila County has never had a Farm Bureau,” said Lyman.

Other awards Lyman has received include: Arizona Honorary State FFA Degree, Arizona Farm Bureau AITC (Ag in the classroom) Volunteer of the Year, Payson Elementary School Volunteer of the Year, Utah State 4-H Youth Development Program Salute to Excellence Award, Garfield County 4-H Volunteer of the Year Award, Canyonlands Soil Conservation Volunteer of the Year Award, Reaching Youth Gold Award Winner, American Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture Top 10 in the Nation, as well as others.

Mostly, though, Lyman enjoys working side-by-side with her husband of 17 years, Jared, and their four boys, to care for their livestock and the land around them.

The family owns and operates Lyman Ranches, a cow-calf cattle ranch along the north shore of Roosevelt Lake and in Gisela.

contact the reporter at: mnelson@payson.com

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