Everett Rhodes

Everett Rhodes

CASA GRANDE — A Casa Grande man is one of eight inductees into the 12th annual Arizona Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame class.

Everett Rhodes was selected for the honor in recognition of his contributions to the agricultural community.

He’ll be among those honored at the Arizona Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame annual dinner to honor the state’s agricultural pioneers from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park.

The inductees have all served the Arizona agricultural community in a variety of areas and come from around the state.

Other inductees are:

  • The Chilton family from Arivaca
  • The Perry Family from Badger Spring/Cordes Junction
  • Grace Wystrach, Elgin

Being honored posthumously are:

  • Frank Auza, Flagstaff
  • Delmar Dee John, Buckeye
  • Ross Roberts, Palo Verde
  • Karl Gains “Gay” Udall, Eagar

The honorees were chosen for their contributions to Arizona agriculture in the areas of farming, ranching, agri-business, education or science by an impartial panel of Arizonans with a diversity of backgrounds.

Rhodes, a Cooperative Extension agent with the University of Arizona in Pinal County, was the recipient of the FFA Dean Merrell Lifetime Achievement Award.

Stories of each of the inductees will be told in the book Arizona Farming & Ranching Hall of Fame, Volume 3, 2018-2022, which will be published in 2022.

Tickets for the dinner are available by contacting Executive Director Carole De Cosmo at 623-695-9614, by email at codeco2@aol.com, online at www.azfare.org or by mail at P.O. Box 868, Glendale, AZ 85311.