Dick & Theresa Tokach, of Mandan, N.D. are retired ranchers, who own and operated the Tokach Angus Ranch near St. Anthony, ND. The ranch is now operated by two of their sons and their families. The Tokach's have always been active in agriculture, both holding various leadership positions in local, state and national organizations. Dick has recently retired as a Morton County Commissioner and was the recipient of the 2012 North Dakota Association of Counties Excellence in County Government Award. He is a past President of the N.D. Angus Association and a member of the American Angus Association. He served as President of the N.D. Stockmen's Association and Chairman of the N.D. Beef Commission. His contributions on the national level include serving on the Executive Committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and a member of the National Beef Promotion and Research Board. Dick served two years in the North Dakota House of Representatives. He was named the Agriculturalist of the Year by the Saddle & Sirloin Club of NDSU in 1993 and was given the Top Hand Award by the N.D. Stockmen’s Association.
Theresa recently completed two terms on the N.D. Agricultural Products Utilization Committee. In 1998 she was named the Country Woman of the Year by the Farm & Ranch Guide. She was very active in the District, State and National CattleWomen, having served as Chairman of the National Beef Cook-Off Committee and as Secretary to the National President. Theresa served on the state Farm Bureau Women's Committee and as first chairman of the Morton County Ag Days Committee. She also served on the N.D. Beef Commission and the N.D. Angus Auxiliary as their President. She served a six year term on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board.
The Tokach's were early adopters of performance testing and detailed records to improve genetic selection, as well as early adopters of artificial insemination. A.I. has been utilized in their breeding program since 1977. They have also marketed their purebred cattle through an annual production sale for the last 37 years. Together the couple received the FFA Honorary State Farmer's Award and the Soil Conservation Award. Dick and Theresa have five children and twelve grandchildren, all of whom are involved in production agriculture today.
Year Inducted: 2013