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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumnus of the Year: Ron Rayner ‘64

Ronald Rayner is a
first-generation college graduate who earned
a bachelor’s degree in agricultural
education in 1964 and a fourth-generation farmer. Together with his brothers
Earl and Robert and nephews John and Perry, he is a partner
in A Tumbling T Ranches, growing cotton,
alfalfa, and grains in Arizona and fruit
crops in California. Ron is proud to say that his
son Ross, also a UA graduate, is now farming with
his dad and family. During the 1990s,
Ron and his brothers developed a sustainable
irrigated farming operation using double-cropping
and no-till practices. In addition to
improving productivity, this method of crop rotation is
good environmental stewardship as conservation tillage reduces
dust and improves air quality. Ron has also been a key player
in promoting new irrigation technologies and supporting
sustainable water policies and electrical
power distribution. He is committed to ensuring the
agricultural industry continues to thrive by developing
innovative business practices and advocating for business
and natural resource issues. He has been a leader in
his industry at the state and national levels, serving
on boards and committees for numerous organizations. Ron’s achievements have been
recognized with many awards, including the UA Alumni
Association’s Distinguished Citizen award, CALS
Lifetime Achievement award, CALS Heritage Family award,
and the CALS Extensionist of the Year award. For his lifetime of dedication
to agriculture, the college, and the university, the
UA Alumni Association is proud to name
Ronald Rayner its 2019 Alumnus of the Year for the
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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