Texas Agriculture February 19, 2016 : Page 6

TFB’s Glasson announces retirement Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Execu-tive Director and Chief Operating Officer Vernie R. Glasson III has an-nounced plans to retire in July. Glasson told the board of directors, state Farm Bureau leaders and senior management that after 27 years at the helm, it is time for new staff leadership. TFB has grown to more than 518,000 member-families in 206 county Farm Bureaus. The organi-zation is financially strong and its service to member programs are nationally recognized. “It seems like it is the right time!” Glasson said. Glasson’s departure marks the end of an era. His Farm Bureau ca-reer spans 43 years across five de-cades. He served as field representa-tive, commodity specialist, lobbyist and senior manager of Public Affairs prior to becoming executive director in 1989. Glasson has served with five presidents of the state’s largest farm mission of making Farm Bureau the “Voice of Texas Agriculture.” Government relations, political activities, urban agricultural edu-cation, social media and volunteer ricultural political action committee in the state and the top farm radio network. Both are sources of pride for Glasson. “A successor to Vernie will be named by the board of di-rectors and a transition is planned prior to his departure in July,” TFB President Rus-sell Boening said. “We cer-tainly will miss Vernie, but he leaves Farm Bureau in great shape.” Vernie and his wife, Ann, plan to remain in Waco where the Farm Bureau headquar-ters have been since the 1930s. They plan to travel, work on Ann’s gardening projects, at-tend grandchildren’s school, church and sporting events and to work on their small farm west of Waco. It seems like it is the right time! —Vernie Glasson organization and many other farm and ranch leaders who served as the state board of directors. Farm Bu-reau’s organization programs and activities flourished under Glasson’s staff leadership. He focused on the agricultural leader training were developed or expanded during his time. TFB now boasts the largest ag-TFB unveils new website A fresh new look at Texas agri-culture is available on your desk-top, tablet or mobile device with the launch of Texas Farm Bureau’s (TFB) new website. Captivating photos, timely news, membership benefits and more is available at the click of a button or the tap of a finger at texasfarmbu-reau.org. “Texas agriculture has many sto-ries to tell, and our newly launched website lets us do just that,” Gene Hall, TFB Public Relations direc-tor, said. “It engages both agricul-tural and consumer audiences for positive engagement and educa-tion.” The fully responsive site is easy to navigate and establishes TFB as the go-to resource for agricultural advocacy, leadership and youth. Grassroots efforts lead the orga-nization, Hall noted, ensuring the more than 518,000 member-fami-lies have a voice online and on lo-cal, state and national levels. The site also helps farmers and ranch-ers address and navigate complex commodity issues and regulatory requirements. The new TFB website emphasizes youth with agricultural activities in the classroom and community avail-able online. There is information on scholarships and other opportuni-ties for youth to increase their in-volvement in agriculture. “Connect, share and engage is something Texas Farm Bureau has done since 1933,” TFB President Russell Boening said. “Our new website is an important tool to bring consumers together with farmers and ranchers and build lasting re-lationships.” TFB’s new website also focuses on money-saving member benefits and services. “TFB has flourished because of our members,” Hall said. “We strive to help enrich and strength-en communities—rural, urban and everywhere in between. This web-site brings all of that together in a powerful way.” F EBRUARY 19, 2016 6 LIBERTY NEW BRAUNFELS PLEASANTON SEGUIN LIBERTY-DAYTON BLUEBONNET ATASCOSA DODGE WYATT ARP CHRYSLER DODGE CHRYSLER, DODGE 888-499-1955 CHRYSLER-DODGE, JEEP RAM 800-879-2621 www.atascosa.com INC. 800-833-8841 bbdodge.com 830-372-3444 libertydaytonchrysler.com wyattarp.com TAYLOR TYLER VICTORIA NYLE MAXWELL ALLEN SAMUELS EAST KILLEBREW, INC. CHRYSLER DODGE TEXAS DODGE TYLER 361-575-0483 JEEP RAM 800-562-7673 killebrewinc.com 512-218-5300 allensamuelstyler.com RAM Certifi ed Agriculture NyleMaxwell.com Dealer

TFB’s Glasson announces retirement

Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Vernie R. Glasson III has announced plans to retire in July.

Glasson told the board of directors, state Farm Bureau leaders and senior management that after 27 years at the helm, it is time for new staff leadership.

TFB has grown to more than 518,000 member-families in 206 county Farm Bureaus. The organization is financially strong and its service to member programs are nationally recognized.

“It seems like it is the right time!” Glasson said.

Glasson’s departure marks the end of an era. His Farm Bureau career spans 43 years across five decades. He served as field representative, commodity specialist, lobbyist and senior manager of Public Affairs prior to becoming executive director in 1989.

Glasson has served with five presidents of the state’s largest farm organization and many other farm and ranch leaders who served as the state board of directors. Farm Bureau’s organization programs and activities flourished under Glasson’s staff leadership. He focused on the mission of making Farm Bureau the “Voice of Texas Agriculture.”

Government relations, political activities, urban agricultural education, social media and volunteer agricultural leader training were developed or expanded during his time. TFB now boasts the largest agricultural political action committee in the state and the top farm radio network. Both are sources of pride for Glasson.

“A successor to Vernie will be named by the board of directors and a transition is planned prior to his departure in July,” TFB President Russell Boening said. “We certainly will miss Vernie, but he leaves Farm Bureau in great shape.”

Vernie and his wife, Ann, plan to remain in Waco where the Farm Bureau headquarters have been since the 1930s. They plan to travel, work on Ann’s gardening projects, attend grandchildren’s school, church and sporting events and to work on their small farm west of Waco.

Read the full article at http://texasagriculture.texasfarmbureau.org/article/TFB%E2%80%99s+Glasson+announces+retirement/2414093/292583/article.html.

TFB Unveils New Website

A fresh new look at Texas agriculture is available on your desktop, tablet or mobile device with the launch of Texas Farm Bureau’s (TFB) new website.

Captivating photos, timely news, membership benefits and more is available at the click of a button or the tap of a finger at texasfarmbureau.org.

“Texas agriculture has many stories to tell, and our newly launched website lets us do just that,” Gene Hall, TFB Public Relations director, said. “It engages both agricultural and consumer audiences for positive engagement and education.”

The fully responsive site is easy to navigate and establishes TFB as the go-to resource for agricultural advocacy, leadership and youth.

Grassroots efforts lead the organization, Hall noted, ensuring the more than 518,000 member-families have a voice online and on local, state and national levels. The site also helps farmers and ranchers address and navigate complex commodity issues and regulatory requirements.

The new TFB website emphasizes youth with agricultural activities in the classroom and community available online. There is information on scholarships and other opportunities for youth to increase their involvement in agriculture.

“Connect, share and engage is something Texas Farm Bureau has done since 1933,” TFB President Russell Boening said. “Our new website is an important tool to bring consumers together with farmers and ranchers and build lasting relationships.”

TFB’s new website also focuses on money-saving member benefits and services.

“TFB has flourished because of our members,” Hall said. “We strive to help enrich and strengthen communities—rural, urban and everywhere in between. This website brings all of that together in a powerful way.”

Read the full article at http://texasagriculture.texasfarmbureau.org/article/TFB+Unveils+New+Website/2414104/292583/article.html.

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