Long-time Farmer Wins Arizona Agriculture's Heritage Award
By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau: He's an
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He recently received the Arizona Farm Bureau Heritage Award during the organization’s 93rd Annual Conference celebrating farmers and ranchers throughout the state at Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center.
Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers presented La Paz County Farmer Rock Cramer with Arizona Farm Bureau's Heritage Award November 6th during its annual Service to Agriculture Awards Banquet. La Paz County President Ava Alcaida, Arizona House of Representative David Gowen (second from left) and U.S. Senator John McCain were also onstage to recognize Cramer for his achievement.
The Heritage Award is given to individuals and families that are involved in agriculture and have given extraordinary voluntary service to their industry and to their Farm Bureau.
Rock Cramer has farmed in La
Today, the farm typically grows melons, alfalfa, cotton, silage and specialty seed crops. Cramer sold the farm acreage and surrounding desert lands in late 2005 to several dairymen and developers. As a condition of the sale of the core farm, about 4,000 acres were leased back including all of the drip fields.
In 2005, in conjunction with the University of Arizona, he built a controlled environment
In the midst of all this, Cramer committed himself to Farm Bureau. In Farm Bureau leadership since 2001, Rock served on Arizona Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors until 2013 which included being a member of the Executive Committee and the Budget and Investment Committee. Cramer also served on La Paz’s County’s Farm Bureau board.
Rock continues to farm 4,000 acres and spends time between Parker and Santa Barbara where he farms with his brother.