Routt County agriculture advocate recipient of Hazie Werner Award |

Routt County agriculture advocate recipient of Hazie Werner Award

Steamboat Springs native Marsha Daughenbaugh, a longtime local advocate for agriculture, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Hazie Werner Award for Excellence.

— For Marsha Daughenbaugh, there is only one way to describe how she felt after learning she was the recipient of this year's 2013 Hazie Werner Award for Excellence.

"I really am incredibly humbled," said Daughenbaugh, an outspoken advocate for agriculture who was raised on a ranch just west of Steamboat Springs on the lower Elk River. "I've always been in awe of the award itself, and the women that have been chosen have been extraordinary ladies in our valley."

Daughenbaugh will be the 25th recipient of the award that is given annually by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. to a woman who has achieved a standard of excellence in her field through the pursuit of personal goals.

"Marsha has focused her professional 35-year career on maintaining the vitality of the agricultural community throughout the Yampa Valley," Ski Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Diamond said in a news release. "Through all her community giving, activism and personal perseverance, she embodies the can-do spirit and personal characteristics of Hazie Werner: hard working, kind, unassuming and generous."

Daughenbaugh has been the executive director of the Community Agriculture Alliance since 2003. She said the organization was founded in 1999 by a group of community leaders that was concerned agriculture would be lost if the community did not step up to support and promote the industry.

"What I like about the Agriculture Alliance is you're forced to think outside the box all the time," Daughenbaugh said. "What can be done to make sure agriculture always stays strong and is authentic in our valley?"

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It also was announced this week that the Community Agriculture Alliance has been chosen as the recipient of a $25,000 grant from Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s Snowball Community Grant program.

Before joining the Community Agriculture Alliance, Daughenbaugh had a 25-year career with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. She was based out of Routt County but had the opportunity to travel across the country and visit with politicians.

"I spent a fair amount of time in the halls of Congress," Daughenbaugh said.

Routt County Extension agent Todd Hagenbuch said that Daughenbaugh is a good industry partner and that her ongoing work is helping to promote the agricultural values that have been the foundation of this community's success.

"Marsha has been a tireless advocate for agriculture and our community for decades," said Hagenbuch, adding that Daughenbaugh is worthy of the recognition. "She joins a group of phenomenal women and is deserving to be a part of that group."

Daughenbaugh also is involved in her church, Routt County 4-H and is an active member of Routt County CattleWomen. She and her husband, Doc Daughenbaugh, operate the Rocking C Bar Ranch, which was started by her parents.

"I'm very proud to be in agriculture," Daughenbaugh said. "It's very rewarding to me that my children value agriculture, as well, and have decided to be in this valley and contribute to it, as well."

Her daughter, Adonna Allen, is the president of the Steamboat branch of Alpine Bank. Her son, Nate Daughenbaugh, is a veterinarian with Steamboat Veterinary Hospital.

Marsha Daughenbaugh will receive the Hazie Werner Award during a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Mountain View Foyer at The Steamboat Grand.

The reception will be held on the same day as the birthday of Werner, who is credited for helping shape Steamboat's friendly and hospitable image.

Daughenbaugh said she fondly remembers Werner because Werner was friends with Daughenbaugh’s mother, Alice Gray. Daughenbaugh said Werner was a pleasant woman who loved to laugh and liked people.

"She was really, truly interested in people," Daughenbaugh said.

A bronze statue of Werner is on a bench outside Bud Werner Memorial Library, which is named after her son Buddy Werner, an American ski racing great.

"There have been a couple times at the library when I've just sat down and had a visit with her," Daughenbaugh said. "It's a good feeling to sit down and revisit your childhood roots."

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Past award recipients

Past recipients of the Hazie Werner Award for Excellence include: Skeeter Werner Walker, Katy Rodolph Wyatt, Eleanor Bliss, Carol Baily, Lucile Bogue, Criss Fetcher, Dorothy Wither, Sureva Towler, Rita Valentine, Geneva Taylor, Carol Schaffer, Gloria Gossard, Jayne Hill, Elaine Gay, Millie Beall, Arianthe Stettner, Wanda Redmond, Margi Briggs-Casson, Margaret “Poogie” Dawes, Nancy Stahoviak, Carol Booth Fox, Diane Moore, Sue Birch and Chris Painter.

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