While Dick D. Tanaka is 80 years old, he continues to farm, which shows the dedication of a born farmer. Along with his brothers, he founded Tanaka Farms—one of the largest produce farms in Colorado. Tanaka is one of the most respected farmers in the western region.
On February 14, the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame banquet was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver, where Tanaka was recognized by the Colorado FFA Foundation for a lifetime of efforts toward the advancement of agriculture in Colorado and beyond.
Don Thorn, Executive Director of Colorado FFA Foundation says, “Mr. Tanaka was nominated through a application process and selected by a special committee of foundation board members.”
He continues,” It is obvious that Mr. Tanaka is a great farmer, mentor, and family man. He is an example that anyone who wants to succeed in agriculture should follow. I am honored for the privilege of meeting him.”
The FFA Foundation hosts several events and works to secure many sponsorships each year. “Coordination of the Hall of
Fame is one of the most rewarding parts of the job,” said Thorn.
“It is enjoyable to see it all come together. Meeting the honorees and their families is a lot of fun. Getting to know them and their story is inspiring. So many people contribute to agriculture in Colorado and it is great to honor their accomplishments, many who are very modest about their accomplishments.”
Tanaka says, “It is a great honor to be recognized as a Hall of Fame farmer. It was a total surprise and a very good feeling.”
“It makes me feel proud that I am being honored for something I have always loved doing. The hard work and long hours have been eased by pride that I was selected.” For more information, visit www.coloradoffafoundation.org.