John and Jane Stulp, along with their children and grandchildren, have been recognized as the Farm Family of the Year by Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.
DENVER – John and Jane Stulp, along with their children and grandchildren, have been recognized as the Farm Family of the Year by Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. The award was made at the general farm organization’s annual convention. Families are chosen for this award based on their leadership in agriculture, involvement in community, and participation in Farmers Union.
The Stulps are farmers and ranchers, growing dryland wheat and raising cattle for more than 40 years near Lamar in Prowers County. While growing up, both John and Jane were active in 4-H programs. They met as students on the Colorado State University campus and married in 1969. She earned a degree in art and began teaching in Windsor. He graduated from vet school in 1972. The young family moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, where John began practicing veterinary medicine. They returned to Lamar to take care of Jane’s mother. John continued to do veterinary work. Each of their children – John, Janea, Jason, Jeremy, and Jensen – earned degrees from CSU and they all spent lots of hours on a tractor. They also remember attending many Farmers Union conventions.
For more than 20 years the Stulps hosted a conservation tour on their farm for all Lamar sixth-graders. Today, their son Jensen is running the family farm. John and Jane are most proud of their children and 12 grandchildren, and the family has a tradition of bringing everyone back home for wheat harvest so the next generation can learn not only where their food and fiber originates, but also learn how to help with harvest and other farming operations.
Jane is an avid bird watcher. She tracks statistics for Cornell University’s eBird program. She ranks in the top nationally as far as lifetime species seen in her yard in Lamar. Her bird pictures are often featured in the Colorado Field Ornithologists Journal. She also does the farm books.
John continues to be active in public service, drawing on his experience to find workable solutions to the common challenges facing farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. John is a leader in his community, church, and in commodity and cattle organizations. He served on the State Board of Agriculture, the State Land Commission, the Colorado Wildlife Commission, was a Prowers County commissioner, and served as Colorado’s agriculture commissioner under Governor Ritter. He is now serving as the Special Water Policy Advisor to Governor Hickenlooper, and he is the Chairman of the Interbasin Compact Committee.