Don Brown was appointed the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture by Governor John Hickenlooper in January 2015. Brown spearheaded the creation of a program to train Colorado Crisis Services hotline operators how to talk to farmers about mental health.
Brown, a third-generation farmer in Yuma County, has run several successful businesses while spending most of his career managing and growing his family’s extensive farm operations. He has also been active in water conservation, energy development, and designing and implementing technological innovations within the industry.
He is active in the National Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, National Corn Growers, and the Colorado Corn Growers Association and has served as president of numerous community organizations including the Yuma County Cattlemen’s Association. Brown is also a former Colorado State President of the Future Farmers of America.
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