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NCFB named Agribusiness of the Year

NACOGDOCHES, March 21, 2013--Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau (NCFB) is named Agribusiness of the Year by the Nacogdoches County Agribusiness Committee. Company staff and board of directors will be honored at the 13th Annual Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Banquet on April 8, at the Hotel Fredonia Convention Center. Exhibits will be ready to view at 6 p.m., dinner service begins at 6:30 p.m., and the program starts at 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend. Keynote speaker is Bob Phillips, Host of Texas Country Reporter. Speaker sponsor is Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Four awards will be presented The Bubba Stokes Family is Farm Family of the Year - award sponsored by Tipton Ford, Inc.;  Roy Mills is the Pete Smith Agricultural Pioneer -  award sponsored by Heritage Land Bank; Nacogdoches Farm Bureau will receive the Agribusiness of the Year Award - award sponsored by First Bank & Trust East Texas; SFASU’s Elyce Rodewald will receive the Agriculture Educator of the Year award =  award is sponsored by Citizens 1st Bank.

Banquet tickets are $27 each or $275 per table of eight and are available now at the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, 2516 North St., or call 936-560-5533, or go to www.nacogdoches.org.

A limited number of free exhibitor spaces are available to Nacogdoches County agriculture-based industry and organizations. For more exhibitor information, call Debbie Sanford at Texas Agrilife Extension Service, 560-7711. Deadline to reserve exhibit space is Apr. 5.

“The Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau is honored to be chosen for this prestigious award,” said Terry Chandler, NCFB president. “We see this as recognition of our commitment to be the voice of agriculture in Nacogdoches County, and our involvement to make our community a better place for everyone.”

According to Angela Shannon, member of the Nacogdoches County Agribusiness committee, and Ag Banquet chair, the business “has been a pillar in the agricultural community for many years. The community benefits from their stable presence and steadfast support of agriculture and farmers and ranchers.”

Serving Nacogdoches for more than 50 years, the NCFB is one of 206 county Farm Bureaus that make up the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB). TFB was founded in 1933 and grew from a fledgling organization controlled by its members and financed by voluntary dues. Service companies were developed to serve members’ interests and today, members enjoy political representation in Austin and Washington, D.C., and enjoy a full menu of benefits and services designed to save members money on everything from insurance to eye glasses.

“One of Farm Bureau’s most important principles is that of policy development,” Chandler said. “Policies always originate at the member level and are debated and adopted at the county, state and national levels. Legislative staffs in our state and national capitals work to implement Farm Bureau policy and keep lawmakers informed on agricultural and rural issues.”

According to Chandler, that has resulted in a number of accomplishments including protection of private property rights, reduction of regulatory burdens affecting agriculture, research and implementation of animal health programs, agricultural exemptions from ad valorem taxation, Texas’ superb farm-to-market roads and others.

One of the NCFB’s primary goals is to be the voice of agriculture in Nacogdoches County and to foster a greater understanding of farming and ranching with area residents.

“We know consumers have questions about the food they eat,” Chandler said. “Farmers and ranchers have families too, and we are committed to growing safe, wholesome and abundant food while conserving our precious resources and protecting our environment. And we are always willing to engage in a conversation about what we do and why we do it.”

Chandler and the local county Farm Bureau board of directors conduct an “Ag in the Classroom” Field Day for all fourth-grade students in Nacogdoches County each spring, with over 400 children converging on the County Expo Center to learn about how important agriculture is to East Texas. They also participate in Texas Food Connection Day, donating food this year to a local food bank as they have done the past several years. NCFB offers five $500 scholarships annually so local students can further their educations and supports Nacogdoches County youths by buying animals annually at the local livestock show.

Chandler said the organization is keenly aware that agriculture is a never ending learning process and sponsors educational programs for farmers and ranchers such as cow/calf clinics and bull selection seminars. He said the board is tremendously supportive of the timber and poultry industries, which play key roles in the Nacogdoches County economy.

“We are also active politically, traveling to the state convention to formulate policy and to Austin to talk directly with our lawmakers,” Chandler said. “One of our leaders, Albert Thompson, is on the state board of Texas Farm Bureau.”

Chandler said the organization is working toward several goals to ensure a bright future for agriculture in Nacogdoches County and across our state and nation.

“We must achieve an economic climate that improves net farm income,” he said. “This includes promoting free and fair trade, working toward a smaller, more efficient federal government, working toward strong local and state governments and promoting a fair tax system. And, as always, farmers and ranchers must enhance public perception of agriculture by being open to questions and establishing dialogues with consumers.”

Officers and directors of the Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau include the following: Chandler, president; Hyman L. Boozer, vice president; James W. Dawson, Jr., secretary-treasurer; and board members Robert Earl Stokes, Taylor Randall Brewer, David Alders, Albert Thompson, Nolan Alders, and Michael Meador.

To become a member of Farm Bureau or find out more information contact the Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau, 2302 NW Stallings Dr., Nacogdoches, Texas 75964 or call 936-564-7374.

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