Jean and her husband, Scott, own and operate the Flying Diamond Ranch near Kit Carson, Colo. This commercial cow-calf/stocker ranch has been in the family for more than 100 years and under Scott and Jean’s management the business has expanded to operations in Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska.
They have raised four, 5th generation, children in Kit Carson and all are involved in the business at some level. Johnson believes in community involvement. She currently serves on the CSU AgIndustry Leadership Council, El Pomar’s Northeast Regional
Council, and is an officer of the Cheyenne County Cattlewomen. She served 14 years on the Kit Carson School Board and two on the Cheyenne County Hospital Board.
Scott Johnson served on the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System until December 2018. He is a fourth generation graduate of CSU. The Johnson’s Flying Diamond Ranch is headquartered just outside of Kit Carson, Colo., and encompasses approximately 25,000 acres. To help achieve some of their land use goals, the Johnson family has worked closely with the Natural Resources Conservation Service over the past 27 years. Through these efforts their family was bestowed the 2015 Leopold Conservation Award, and the Flying Diamond Ranch won the NCBA Regional Land Stewardship Award in 2018. Involved in the community, the Ranch hosts tours, information and education workshops, peer-to-peer and partner seminars, as well as field-days and classes for Colorado College, Kit Carson schools, and Future Farmers of America.