Tanner Baumgartner

Tanner Baumgartner

Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship

Tanner is the son of Leslie and Curtis Baumgartner of Keenesburg. He is a 13-year member of Prospectors 4-H Club and is involved in Market Swine. He has also done Cloverbud and market goats. He is a Senior at Weld Central High School and is in NHS, football, FFA and wrestling.

Tanner is planning to attend Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction and study Agriculture. Living on the family farm in Weld County has allowed him privileges and hardships that many young people don’t get these days. It has given him the freedom to become his own person by working hard and problem solving through scenarios and has also given him some of the hardships that farming brings. Tanner is wanting to continue his education by studying something that he can bring back positively for the farm. He is torn between welding and agriculture, and thankfully the university he’s chosen offers both programs. He likes working with his hands and the challenges that farm life provides.

Tanner started 4-H as a Cloverbud. When he was 5, he loved the chance to go to the meeting like his big sisters and it was fun to meet a couple of his good friends there with his brother. As he got older, he enjoyed all of what it took to make his animals behave well and have good meat quality. Tanner enjoyed the early morning and late evening walks to exercise his pigs. He learned that you don’t have to have official offices in the 4-H club to make an impact on the club and its members. His schedule didn’t allow for him to be in an officer role but was able to contribute not only to the club activities, but also by being a role model for the younger club members. There is great merit to being positive, knowledgeable of what is going on, and having the purpose to help others. The best things that Tanner won are the things that he has learned. The things like being sure that people can count on you, consistent work is the best work, and looking out for others are all big rewards that can’t be taken away.  It is his responsibility to take these things that he learned and pay them forward by doing the same thing for others.

Tanner is the recipient of the Weld County 4-H Agriculture Scholarship.