January 18th – Metra Park Arena – Ag Appreciation Banquet
Tonight, local celebrity and avid listener of KGHL and Northern Ag Network… Leroy Gabel… was announced and presented with the 2019 Agricultural Excellence Award at the 2019 Ag Appreciation Banquet in Billings. Congratulations from the staff and your friends here at KGHL and the Northern Ag Network!
Learn more about Leroy below:
After graduating from Huntley Project High School, Leroy was elected as Montana State FFA President in 1965. He attended Montana State University, earning a degree in Agricultural Education and was a member of the AGR Fraternity and served in the Montana National Guard. Leroy and Sydney Shaffner were married in 1972 and began farming sugar beets, corn, hay, pinto
beans, malting barley, and wheat.
He shares his leadership, knowledge of parliamentary procedure and public speaking with the many organizations he contributes to. He served for many years on the Huntley Project Irrigation District Board and on the Montana Water Development Association. As an ardent supporter of 4-H and FFA, Leroy volunteered his talents and knowledge to coach and judge several 4-H and FFA members over the years. Leroy, a founding member of the Huntley Project FFA Alumni Association, was also a leader of the Huntley Eagles 4-H Club for 25 years as well as serving on the Yellowstone County 4-H Council.
Leroy served on the Yellowstone County Farm Bureau Board of Directors as well as the Farm Bureau state sugar committee. His involvement with the sugar industry continued with his election as a director to the Southern Montana Beet Growers Association. During this time, he also served on the Billings Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee. Currently, he serves as a director on the Yellowstone County Conservation District and as a member of both the Yellowstone River Council and the Huntley Project Methodist Church.
Leroy and Sydney are the parents of Greg and Annie. Lt. Colonel Greg, his wife, Ellen, and son, Trent, live in Fort Rucker, Alabama where Greg will become battalion commander of an aviation brigade in May of 2019. Annie and Alex Wheatcroft and daughter, Emily, live in Worland, Wyoming, where they own and operate a commercial Angus ranch in Worland and Brockway, Montana. Annie is a CPA and Controller of Natural Gas Processing Co. in Worland.
Leroy is honored to receive the award ten years after the award was given posthumously to his father, Roy Gabel.