From Ashley Langston
For Iron County Today
Glen Halterman has served on the Enterprise & Iron Conservation District Board of Directors for 34 years, and his fellow board members honored him for his contributions at a banquet Jan. 3.
Halterman is 91 years old, and has served in many capacities throughout his lifetime, including as mayor of Parowan, a county commissioner, a school board member, and on many, many other committees and boards. He has also been very active in leadership positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In addition to currently serving on the Enterprise & Iron Conservation District board, he is a member of the SUU Agriculture advisory board and has been for 35 years.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II, landing troops on beaches, and ultimately getting sent home after receiving a large dose of radiation. He was told he would likely be an invalid the rest of his life and would certainly not be able to have any more children, and he spent 18 months in a Veterans’ hospital.
Defying the odds, he and his wife, Renee, gave their son, Clare, three little sisters. He went on to work for eight years at the iron mines, running the steam shovel that is now in front of the Frontier Homestead State Park, and build a successful sheep business in the Parowan Valley.
“I’ve had a good life,” Halterman said. “I haven’t had a job that I didn’t like. I just made the best of everything that came my way and I tried to learn from it and get involved in it and I tried to be the best that I could.”
This is not the first time he has been recognized for his lifetime of service. At the banquet earlier this month he gratefully accepted the plaque that declared him the recipient of the E&I Conservation District’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and he said he would hang it on his wall at home with other awards he has received over the years.
“There’s not any more precious to me than this,” he said. “It’s a great honor. This is very meaningful to me.”
Halterman’s daughter, Paulette, and her husband attended the banquet with him. It was also attended by the other board members–Nancy Clark, Brent Hunter, Mark Halterman and Cody Staheli–as well as Sen. Evan Vickers, County Commissioners Alma Adams and Dale Brinkerhoff, and many others who have worked with Halterman over the years.
During Halterman’s time on the board, he and other district board members have helped local farmers through many technological advances, especially in watering their fields. It has moved from all flood irrigation, to some cement ditches, to wheel lines, to better wheel lines, then pivots, and now the board is involved in discussions about cover crops and no-till planting for soil health, and switching to newer nozzles that hang lower from pivots and conserve water.
He said the Agricultural Resource Development Loan Program has probably been the most progressive thing the district has done – it has helped farmers in the area tremendously. This program provides low interest loans for new pivots, drilling wells, and other needs farmers have. It is offered throughout the state, and applicants work with their local conservation districts.
In 2017, the E&I Conservation District partnered with the Central Iron County Water Conservancy District, obtaining a grant from the state to help with the CICWCD’s Aquifer Recharge Project. It has been granted another $100,000 toward the project to be paid out this fiscal year.
The district also helps support the suppression of noxious weeds, and last year helped the local canal companies secure state funding for a required safety plan. It offers a yearly tree program through which residents can purchase bareroot trees and shrubs for $5 to $6 each (in bundles of 5), and landowners take advantage of this for windbreaks and shelter belts.
While Halterman has helped advance agricultural technology in the area through his work on the board, he has also implemented new things on his own farm.
“My farm had the first sprinkler on it in Parowan Valley,” he said, adding that he gets a lot of satisfaction by “bringing about more efficient ways to do things.”
Mark Halterman said that at 91 years old, Glen Halterman still cuts his own hay with his rotary swather, and Glen Halterman said he is grateful for his son, who runs the sheep business, and his grandson, who runs the farm. Without them he would have had to give it up 25 or 30 years ago, he said.
While he enjoys his farm and sheep operation, he said the most rewarding thing in his life has been when he has had the opportunity to help people. He said he can’t take land, sheep or money with him when he dies, but he can take his experiences.
“I can take what I’ve done for people and what people have done for me,” he said.
Glen Halterman said 20 years ago he and his wife set up a small scholarship fund at Southern Utah University to benefit students in the agriculture program who were working hard and struggling and needed a little help to finish their degree. That fund has helped about 105 students so far, and the thank you notes and visits he has received from the students have been very valuable to him.
“I get more satisfaction out of that than about anything I’ve ever done in my life,” he said. “It does a lot for me to see people advance and progress and make something of themselves.”
Palmer said he has learned a lot from Glen Halterman so far.
“What a legacy for our conservation district to have a guy like Glen,” he said.
Glen Halterman holds the plaque he has been presented by Nancy Clark, E&I Conservation District board chair, at a banquet Jan. 3. Halterman was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his 34 years of service to the district so far. Photo by Ashley Langston