Utah State University Extension Agent for Kane and Garfield Counties, Kevin Heaton, won the “Excellence in Agriculture Award” for the state of Utah in November. The award is sponsored by the Utah Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers.
“I think the reason I won is that I have a great job that works closely with agriculture and demonstrates ‘excellence in agriculture’ at every level,” Heaton said.
He grew up on a cow-calf and haying operation, where he developed his love for production agriculture. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utah State.
Heaton and his family won a Polaris ATV, a new helmet and insurance for a year. Heaton also won $500 and an expense paid trip for two to North Carolina to compete against other state winners for a new Dodge truck in January. These prizes were co-sponsored by Zion’s Bank Ag Group, the Dodge division of the Daimler-Chrysler Corporation and the Utah Farm Bureau Federation.
“It’s really great to receive all the prizes, but it means a lot to be recognized for going the extra mile and helping sustain agriculture,” Heaton said.
Applicants were judged on their experience with the Utah Farm Bureau, their leadership experience, service in their communities, and previous awards and recognitions.
Contact: Kevin Heaton (435) 676-1117
Writer: Lindsay Nelson (435) 797-1350