Texas Agriculture January 1, 2016 : Page 10

Texas Farm Bureau members win BIG in Arlington 2015 Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher winners Excellence in Agriculture winners Timothy and Lindy Gertson Cody and Erika Archie Timothy and Lindy Gertson of Wharton County raise rice in Lissie. They also occasionally grow sorghum, soybeans and wheat. This year, they plan on expanding to organic corn. They have two sons, Jacob and Nathan, and are expecting a third. The Gertsons will move on to represent Texas in the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) competition in January. Free Enterprise Speech contest Winner and Runner-up Cody and Erika Archie of Coryell County own a dry cleaners and laundromat in Gatesville. Erika works at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development offi ce in Temple. The couple also owns a ranch where they raise cattle and horses. Cody and Erika have two children, Kylee and Clancy. The Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher contest is open to TFB members, under 36, who are active-ly engaged in farming and/or ranching. Excellence in Agriculture is open to TFB members who are under the age of 36. EIA applicants may not derive their primary source of income from be-ing an owner/operator or an agricultural produc-tion operation. The Free Enterprise Speech contest provides an opportunity for young TFB members to win college scholarships by orally presenting their knowledge of the constitutional government and the free en-terprise system. Additional information about YF&R contests and the Free Enterprise Speech contest can be found on www.TexasFarmBureau.org. J ANUARY 1, 2016 Connell Barnett (left) of Mills County and Casey Neuman (right) of Polk County have been named runner-up and winner, respectively, of Texas Farm Bureau’s 2015 Free Enterprise Speech Contest. 10

Texas Farm Bureau Members Win Big in Arlington

2015 Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher winners
Timothy and Lindy Gertson

Timothy and Lindy Gertson of Wharton County raise rice in Lissie. They also occasionally grow sorghum, soybeans and wheat. This year, they plan on expanding to organic corn. They have two sons, Jacob and Nathan, and are expecting a third. The Gertsons will move on to represent Texas in the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) competition in January.

Free Enterprise Speech contest
Winner and Runner-up

Connell Barnett (left) of Mills County and Casey Neuman (right) of Polk County have been named runner-up and winner, respectively, of Texas Farm Bureau’s 2015 Free Enterprise Speech Contest.

Excellence in Agriculture winners
Cody and Erika Archie

Cody and Erika Archie of Coryell County own a dry cleaners and laundromat in Gatesville. Erika works at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development office in Temple. The couple also owns a ranch where they raise cattle and horses. Cody and Erika have two children, Kylee and Clancy.

The Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher contest is open to TFB members, under 36, who are actively engaged in farming and/or ranching.

Excellence in Agriculture is open to TFB members who are under the age of 36. EIA applicants may not derive their primary source of income from being an owner/operator or an agricultural production operation.

The Free Enterprise Speech contest provides an opportunity for young TFB members to win college scholarships by orally presenting their knowledge of the constitutional government and the free enterprise system.

Additional information about YF&R contests and the Free Enterprise Speech contest can be found on www.TexasFarmBureau.org.

Distinguished Service Award
Kenneth Dierschk

For his many years of service to Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) and affiliated companies, former TFB President Kenneth Dierschke of Tom Green County was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award at the organization’s 82nd Annual Meeting in Arlington.

Dierschke was first elected to the TFB board of directors in 1996. He’s served in many capacities since, including 12 years as president of the organization.

Dierschke served on the American Farm Bureau Federation board of directors, the board of directors for Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company and Farm Bureau Bank.

He’s served as a member of the U.S. Trade Representative Advisory Council and as agricultural representative on the Texas Region F Water Planning Group.

Dierschke and his wife, Binnie, have two sons, a daughter and are proud grandparents to seven grandchildren.

Discussion Meet winner
Timothy Gertson

Shortly before he and his wife were named the 2015 Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher winners, Timothy Gertson was announced as the winner of the 2015 Texas Farm Bureau Discussion Meet.

As Gertson will not be able to represent Texas in both contests, another finalist will compete in his place at the AFBF competition in January.

Texas Farm Bureau 82nd Annual Meeting
Arlington, Texas

More than 950 members from 152 Texas counties attended the 82nd Annual Meeting of Texas Farm Bureau Dec. 5-7. During the meeting, the winners of each of TFB’s annual contests were named. Voting delegates also shaped TFB’s policy for the coming year during the business session of the meeting.

Read the full article at http://texasagriculture.texasfarmbureau.org/article/Texas+Farm+Bureau+Members+Win+Big+in+Arlington/2369099/287394/article.html.

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