Colorado woman elected national president for ag organization
Cindy Johnston from the Front Range Young Farmer Chapter is the new president of the National Young Farmer Educational Association. She was elected at the 42nd National Young Farmer Educational Institute held recently in Baltimore, Md.
Johnston served as secretary on the national board of directors in 2006, secretary of special projects during 2007 and president-elect in 2008.
She is a member of the Front Range Chapter and served as a chapter officer and has been involved in numerous chapter activities over the years.
A Colorado Young Farmer leader, Johnston served as Colorado's state reporter in 2001, treasurer in 2002, secretary in 2003 and was president during the 2004 year. She was the Colorado Spokesperson for Agriculture winner in 2002 and a national winner in that same competition that year. She was also named the national reporter of the year in 2002.
Johnston and her husband, Darrell, live on their 2500 acre farm near Dacono and Erie, Colo. They raise alfalfa hay, sugar beets, Coors barley, wheat and corn silage. They also farm 700 acres near Fort Morgan where they raise silage corn. Their son Brandon, 23, is involved in the farming operations and a second son Cody, 20, is in school.
The other newly elected national officers are President Elect Jo Ann Williams from South Carolina, Secretary Carol Corman from Pennsylvania and Past President Jeff McClellan from Pennsylvania.
The Colorado Young Farmers organization has chapters located all over the state. The organization is headquartered at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. Long-time agriculture leader and vocational advisor Jack Annan is the CYF's executive director. Annan also is the director of the college's alumni association.