Don Brown was appointed the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture by Governor John Hickenlooper in January 2015.
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.
The Brown family farm was homesteaded in 1911 and has been designated as a Centennial Farm. Don continues that pioneering spirit today through his study of the Ogallala Aquifer and holds two U.S. patents.
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.
Brown graduated with a degree in agriculture from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, and received a vocational agriculture education degree with honors from Colorado State University.
Brown is a recipient of:
- the Colorado Livestock Association’s Top Choice Award,
- the Bill Seward Memorial Award – Lifetime Achievement for Outstanding Cattle Producer, and
- the Yuma Soil Conservation District Outstanding Conservationist.
Don and his wife, Peggy, have three children who continue to call Colorado home.
As commissioner, Brown leads the Department’s daily operations, directs its 300 employees, and oversees the agency’s seven divisions: Animal Health; Brand Inspection; Colorado State Fair; Conservation Services; Inspection and Consumer Services; Markets; and Plant Industry.