05 2018 (May)

Slater producer recognized for service to Wyoming agriculture

Photo of Gregor Goertz
Gregor Goertz listens to Jim Heitholt, head of the Department of Plant Sciences, following the Gamma Sigma Delta awards program. He and his wife, Cindy, received the organization’s Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award. The Goertz family runs a farm and ranch operation near Wheatland.

Statewide leadership and an emphasis on what’s of benefit to Wyoming agriculture prompted recognition of a Slater producer by the Wyoming chapter of an international honor society of agriculture.

Gregor Goertz and his wife, Cindy, received the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from Gamma Sigma Delta during its awards program in April at the University of Wyoming.

UW Extension beef cattle specialist Steve Paisley notes the couple’s establishment of an organic dryland farming operation, their direct marketing natural beef company, and organizing and developing local wind energy opportunities.

“Gregor is not only a successful businessman and agriculturalist, he recognizes the importance of providing input and guidance for agricultural programs on a statewide level,” says Paisley.

Goertz served from 2009-2017 as executive director of the Wyoming Farm Service Agency and was a member of the advisory board to the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle, in addition to numerous committees and associations.

He grew up on the family farm and ranch near Slater and attended Western Wyoming College. He returned to the family farm and enlarged the operation to 24,000 acres with 5,000 acres of farmland. The couple established the farmland as 100 percent certified organic selling primarily dryland wheat but also raising organic oats and hay for their cowherd.

The couple in 2004 developed Wyoming Pure LLC, a direct marketing beef company.

Paisley says he recognizes the Goertz’s commitment to sustainable family agriculture through their progressive farming practices and successful livestock operation.

“He is open-minded, not focusing on political lines but what is beneficial to Wyoming agriculture,” Paisley notes. “His thoughtfulness and foresight have been an important asset to Wyoming agriculture.”

The couple lives on the family farm.