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Nominate candidates for county agriculture awards

NACOGDOCHES, January 3, 2014— Members of the Nacogdoches County Agribusiness committee are asking for worthy candidate nominations for these awards:

Farm Family of the Year Award

Agriculture Pioneer Award

Agribusiness of the Year Award

Agriculture Educator of the Year Award

The nomination form may be downloaded from Hot News, a section at the bottom of the main page at nacogdoches.org, or contact the Nacogdoches County Chamber, 936-560-5533. The form includes a listing of past award recipients. Anyone may submit nominations.

The 12th Annual Nacogdoches County Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Banquet is tentatively scheduled for Monday, late March/Early April at 6 p.m. The location will be announced soon, according to event chair Angela Shannon.

“Our keynote speaker is Leroy Shafer, chief operating officer of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo,” Shannon said. “That event is the largest fair in North America. In addition to attracting 2.5 million guests, it generates 700 scholarships annually.”

The committee is made up of representatives from the Nacogdoches County Ag Economic Development Committee, Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau, Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, Nacogdoches Economic Development Corp. (NEDCO), Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Forest Service, Pineywoods Resource Conservation and Development and The Texas Department of Agriculture.

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