Isgar receives CCAs Honorary Life Member Award

Jul 1, 2011
by WLJ
Isgar receives CCA’s Honorary Life Member Award

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) honors one individual during their Annual Convention by awarding them the CCA Honorary Life Member award, the highest honor among CCA members. During the 2011 Annual Convention held in Steamboat Springs, CO, CCA bestowed this award on Jim Isgar.

Isgar served the beef industry exceptionally well as the senator from District 6 representing Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan and San Miguel counties in an increasingly-developing Colorado. He continues to serve the industry as the Colorado state director of USDA—Rural Development. He has spent his career promoting agriculture, and specifically the beef industry, to the general populace.

Isgar is a fourth-generation Colorado native. He took over his family farm operation in 1976 which his son, Matt, currently man ages.

He and his wife, Brenda, live in Hesperus and have five grown children. He has also served on many local boards in southwest Colorado and was appointed to the State Board of Agriculture in 1988. He served one term as president of the board. He also served on the Colorado Tourism Office Board, the boards of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, CoverColorado and the Interbasin Compact Committee.

He spent eight years in the Colorado State Senate where he chaired the Senate Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee. Isgar also served on the Senate Finance, Audit and Transportation Committees. He spent time on numerous interim committees concerning rural issues such as Health and Economic Development, and chaired the Water Legislative Review Committee.

Isgar also served on the state’s Legislative Council, and was the Senate Democrat caucus chair and served for two years as the assistant majority leader.

CCA applauds him for his leadership in the state’s agriculture issues, and is proud to honor him with the welldeserved Life Member Award. — WLJ