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The 11th annual Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Banquet was held April 2 at Banita Creek Hall in Nacogdoches and featured keynote speaker and well-regarded humorist Sheriff J.B. Smith from Smith County. The annual event honors Nacogdoches County agriculture award recipients. Event chair is Angela Shannon, Agriland Farm Credit.
Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) recognized award winners and stressed the importance of agriculture to the state.
"Agriculture is an industry on which every Texan depends. I am proud to represent a district that provides so many resources for the state and has so many agriculture leaders who are leading the way in service and innovation," said Nichols.
Awardees include: Bright Coop, Inc., Agribusiness of the Year sponsored by First Bank & Trust East Texas; Dr. James Kroll, Pete Smith Agriculture Pioneer of the Year sponsored by Heritage Land Bank; Forrest Lee Meador Family, Agriculture Farm Family of the Year sponsored by Tipton Ford, Inc; Dr. Leon Young, Agriculture Educator of the Year sponsored by Citizens 1st Bank.
Scholarship Award recipients include: Matthew Johnson, Kyle Compton, Amanda Thompson, Brandy Haddox, and Dustin Sestak.
The Nacogdoches Agriculture Committee consists of representatives from Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau, Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, Nacogdoches Economic Development Corp., Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Cooperative Extension Program, Pineywoods RC&D, Stephen F. Austin State University - Agriculture Department and the Texas Forest Service are proud to co-sponsor the Agriculture Banquet honoring the Agriculture Industry in Nacogdoches County.