Texas Agriculture March 18, 2016 : Page 7

Election results show big wins for TFB AGFUND Voters who went to the polls showed support for candidates endorsed by Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agri-culture Fund (AGFUND), Inc. “Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND supports elected officials and can-didates who understand agricul-ture and rural Texas on the issues important for the future of Texas,” said Russell Boening, president of Texas Farm Bureau and AGFUND. “The March primary showed voters support the candidates who have an interest in agriculture and private property rights—two of our state’s main priorities.” With strong AGFUND support in a contested race, incumbent De-Wayne Burns—a farmer and former Johnson County Farm Bureau pres-ident—won the Republican Party’s nomination for House District 58. Incumbent Kyle Kacal won the par-ty’s nomination for House District 12 by more than 70 percent. Kacal is a Brazos County rancher who was also a county Farm Bureau leader. Neither faces a democratic challenger in the fall. GOP incumbents, all endorsed by AGFUND in contested congres-sional primaries—Bill Flores, John Culberson, Pete Sessions, John Rat-cliffe, Joe Barton, Blake Farenthold, Michael Burgess, Sam Johnson and Lamar Smith–cruised to victory. The court races were all won by candidates supported by the AG-FUND PAC. May runoffs for AGFUND-en-dorsed candidates will determine the nominees for Congressional District 19, Senate District 1, and House Districts 5, 18, 64, 73 and 128. In all, AGFUND endorsed candi-dates in 70 races, seeing wins in 57 of them, with six losses and seven races heading to a runoff. “We still have work to do for friends of Texas agriculture,” Boen-ing said. Early voting begins May 16. The runoff election will be held Tuesday, May 24, and the general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8. Brooks joins TFB Field Operations Andrew Brooks recently joined LLC where he helped develop con-the Texas Farm Bu-sumer marketing and co-reau (TFB) Field Op-branding efforts with the erations division. company’s end users. As the field repre-He was also the business sentative for Area 18, development manager for he’ll serve as the liai-Cargill Animal Nutrition in son between the state Sioux City, Iowa and product office and 12 counties marketing manager for the in Southwest Texas. Texas Beef Council in Austin. Brooks graduated His passion for agricul-with a bachelor’s de-Andrew Brooks ture stemmed from growing gree in Agricultural up on his family’s small cow-TFB Field Economics from Texas Representative calf operation, showing live-A&M University and stock through 4-H and par-a master’s degree in ticipating in performance Finance from Texas A&M Univer-events—reining, working cow horse sity-San Antonio. and calf roping—through the Amer-Before joining TFB, Brooks ican Quarter Horse Association. served as vice president of mar-Brooks and his wife, Leanne, live keting for Certified Hereford Beef, in Pleasanton. Grind Away ANY Size Stump FAST! LOWEST PRICE EVER! M ARCH 18, 2016 The DR ® STUMP GRINDER uses carbide-tipped cutting teeth (taking 360 “bites” per second) to reduce any stump to a pile of woodchips. Grinds stumps below ground level so they are gone forever! 91368X © 2016 LIBERTY LIBERTY-DAYTON CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP RAM 800-833-8841 libertydaytonchrysler.com NEW BRAUNFELS BLUEBONNET CHRYSLER, DODGE 800-879-2621 bbdodge.com PLEASANTON ATASCOSA DODGE 888-499-1955 www.atascosa.com SEGUIN WYATT ARP CHRYSLER-DODGE, INC. 830-372-3444 wyattarp.com TAYLOR NYLE MAXWELL CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP RAM 512-218-5300 NyleMaxwell.com TYLER AUTONATIONTYLER 800-562-7673 allensamuelstyler.com QUICKLY ELIMINATE ANY STUMP without digging, burning, or chemicals. NEW, MORE POWERFUL and lower-priced models. NOW TOWABLE with your riding mower or ATV. FREE SHIPPING 6 MONTH TRIAL SOME LIMITATIONS APPLY Call or go online for details. Call for FREE DVD and Catalog! TOLL FREE 888-212-8790 DRstumpgrinder.com 7

Election Results Show Big Wins for TFB AGFUND

Voters who went to the polls showed support for candidates endorsed by Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund (AGFUND), Inc.

“Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND supports elected officials and candidates who understand agriculture and rural Texas on the issues important for the future of Texas,” said Russell Boening, president of Texas Farm Bureau and AGFUND. “The March primary showed voters support the candidates who have an interest in agriculture and private property rights—two of our state’s main priorities.”

With strong AGFUND support in a contested race, incumbent De-Wayne Burns—a farmer and former Johnson County Farm Bureau president—won the Republican Party’s nomination for House District 58. Incumbent Kyle Kacal won the party’s nomination for House District 12 by more than 70 percent. Kacal is a Brazos County rancher who was also a county Farm Bureau leader. Neither faces a democratic challenger in the fall.

GOP incumbents, all endorsed by AGFUND in contested congressional primaries—Bill Flores, John Culberson, Pete Sessions, John Ratcliffe, Joe Barton, Blake Farenthold, Michael Burgess, Sam Johnson and Lamar Smith–cruised to victory. The court races were all won by candidates supported by the AGFUND PAC.

May runoffs for AGFUND-endorsed candidates will determine the nominees for Congressional District 19, Senate District 1, and House Districts 5, 18, 64, 73 and 128.

In all, AGFUND endorsed candidates in 70 races, seeing wins in 57 of them, with six losses and seven races heading to a runoff.

“We still have work to do for friends of Texas agriculture,” Boening said.

Early voting begins May 16. The runoff election will be held Tuesday, May 24, and the general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Read the full article at http://texasagriculture.texasfarmbureau.org/article/Election+Results+Show+Big+Wins+for+TFB+AGFUND/2425548/294126/article.html.

Brooks Joins TFB Field Operations

Andrew Brooks

Andrew Brooks recently joined the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Field Operations division.

As the field representative for Area 18, he’ll serve as the liaison between the state office and 12 counties in Southwest Texas.

Brooks graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in Finance from Texas A&M University-San Antonio.

Before joining TFB, Brooks served as vice president of marketing for Certified Hereford Beef, LLC where he helped develop consumer marketing and cobranding efforts with the company’s end users.

He was also the business development manager for Cargill Animal Nutrition in Sioux City, Iowa and product marketing manager for the Texas Beef Council in Austin.

His passion for agriculture stemmed from growing up on his family’s small cow-calf operation, showing livestock through 4-H and participating in performance events—reining, working cow horse and calf roping—through the American Quarter Horse Association.

Brooks and his wife, Leanne, live in Pleasanton.

Read the full article at http://texasagriculture.texasfarmbureau.org/article/Brooks+Joins+TFB+Field+Operations/2425549/294126/article.html.

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