Ken Evans of Payson was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements through dedication and determination within the agriculture industry. The award was announced during the Arizona Farm Bureau’s 85th Annual Convention, held November 9th through the 10th at the Crowne Plaza in Phoenix.

Ken Evans has a long record of contributions to the Agriculture community. Starting as a migrant worker, Mr. Evans worked his way up and eventually became a farm owner and operator. Most recently he served on the Arizona Farm Bureau Board of Directors as past president for 11 years as well as serving several years as vice president. He also served as the President of Western Agricultural Insurance, and was an active member of various boards, including 3 years as a member of the American Farm Bureau Board.

Mr. Evans is also a leader and innovative thinker. He was the first in Arizona to farm using municipal sludge and was recognized by the state and by the EPA for his efforts. He has also grasped the importance of technology and utilized this important tool by applying it to his farming business.

Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers said, “Ken Evans is an important leader in our industry and an inspiration for future generations of farmers and ranchers, he deserves to be recognized for his outstanding achievements and dedication to agriculture.”