Inside The BARN with WGCD’s John Leone…

WGCD’s History & Mission, WGCD’s Scholarship Program Update, Houston Gardens, Education Programs, Cost Share Programs & More

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – March 31, 2021 – West Greeley Conservation District (WGCD) hosts a scholarship award program annually for eligible graduating high school seniors whose families live within WGCD boundaries and are taxpayers to the District. The WGCD Board of Directors has extended their deadline until 4 p.m. on Friday, April 9th. They have also doubled the WGCD Scholarship award this year from $5,000 to $10,000. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio to discuss the scholarships in more detail is John Leone, West Greeley Conservation District’s President of the Board of Supervisors


Learn more about John Leone, President

Like many of our current Board members, John was recruited by an active former Board member. He was born and grew up in Trinidad, then studied at Colorado State University (CSU)  and earned a BS in Construction Management before moving to Greeley in 1973 with his wife, Nancy. John and Nancy have been married 48 years, they have two adult sons, John, Jr. and Chris, and six grandchildren. John worked for Hensel Phelps and Flatiron companies. He owned and operated J-2 Contracting for over 30 years before turning it over to his son Chris. John purchased and operated the Indian Cave Ranch from 2003 – 2012, sold it and then purchased the Leone Ranch east of Eaton, which he continues to operate. John believes in volunteer service. He has actively participated with the American Cancer Society and the North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC) smoking cessation program; Greeley/Evans School District 6 Accountability Committee. He was the Greeley Stampede Chairman in 1983 and spent many years coaching his kids youth baseball, soccer and basketball teams. John said: “WGCD has been the most rewarding of my volunteer experiences. The planning and collaboration with the many entities involved in conservation has been very effective. I believe we make a difference from our cost sharing programs to education and landowner assistance!” John closed by stating, “The worst day I ever had – has just been WONDERFUL!”

By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.

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