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2023 Fellows

Meet This Year's Fellows Class!

RMFU Fellows come from all background and all walks of life, but they all have one thing in common: A passion for agricultural prosperity and food security. Farmers, ranchers, cooperative leaders, local food and urban food advocates, and entrepreneurs join together to spend a year learning how to advocate for healthy food systems and vibrant communities.

Jon Craft

FUSA Insurance Agent, Angus Rancher

Jon Craft has been the owner and agent for Jon Craft Insurance Agency with Farmers Union Service Association (FUSA) in Gillette, WY, since 2020. They operate their insurance agency on the Golden Rule philosophy: Jon and his wife, Angel, treat others as they want to be treated. In just two short years, they have grown the business to well over a million dollars in premium and were honored with being awarded 2022 Top New Agent with participation in the FUSA Summit Trip in a tropical location. Jon has had a passion for agriculture from a very young age, starting with 4-H market steer projects.

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Angel Craft

Rancher and Massage Therapist

Angel Oedekoven-Craft is a 4th generation Wyoming Rancher with a true love and passion for livestock, all animals. Angel grew up horseback riding and was active in 4-H and FFA. She also competed in rodeos and was a high school rodeo queen and Wyoming State High School Rodeo’s Ms. Congenialty, in 1985. Angel is a mother of two wonderful boys and a very proud “ Granny “ to seven grandchildren.

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Evanne Caviness

Rancher - Caviness Farms, Colorado Organizer - National Young Farmers Coalition

Evanne Caviness is a proud rancher, business owner, and mother who has been immersed in agriculture in the Southwestern U.S. since childhood. She works as the Colorado Organizer for the National Young Farmers Coalition while co-managing Caviness Farms–her regenerative grassfed beef business–alongside her high school sweetheart and husband, Tyson Caviness.

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Tyson Caviness

Rancher, Caviness Farms

Tyson Caviness is a rancher operating a grassfed beef business alongside his wife Evanne and his two children in Fort Collins, Colorado. As a first-generation rancher leasing land from the City of Fort Collins, it is his goal to regenerate landscapes through rotational grazing, while feeding his community the highest-quality beef available.

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Tyler Garrett

Director of Government Relations, RMFU

Garrett grew up in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He spent time on his grandparent’s small farm in Oklahoma at a young age. He also spent time on his aunt and uncle’s cattle and poultry farm from elementary school through college. He was an academic advisor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Studies. Garrett moved to Colorado in 2019 to pursue a graduate career at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he earned a master’s degree in Political Science.

Dan Dalton

Scratch and Peck Feed

James Lynch

Jennifer Dews

Iola Valley Farm

Lee LaNoue

Lydia Ramos

Account Manager, Farmers Union Insurance Agency

Michael "Cowboy" Reed

Tuff's Ranch

Marina Reed

Rita Mary Hennigan

Co-Director, UpRoot Colorado

Rita Mary Hennigan is a co-director with UpRoot Colorado, a nonprofit organization that increases the nutrition security of Coloradans by harvesting and redistributing surplus, nutrient-dense food while supporting the resilience of farmers in our state. Rita oversees UpRoot’s work along the Western Slope, where she has spent most of her time since 2016.

Theresa Schuller

Specialty Crop Farmer

Theresa Schuller is a specialty crop farmer in Boulder, Colorado.  She is passionate about regenerative agriculture, organic farming and the personal health and wellness benefits of whole food as medicine for both people and the planet. She owns a small production farm in Boulder County that historically dates to the late 1800s and which operated as a dairy farm into the mid-1940s.  Her farm currently focuses on fruit, vegetables and lavender.