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Three outstanding agriculturalists honored at Texas Tech

image image Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources honored three South Plains residents with outstanding agriculturalist awards on Thursday (Nov 6) during its annual Pig Roast, which honors scholarship donors, recipients and intercollegiate judging teams, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall.

The annual awards recognize individuals for contributions to various areas of Texas agriculture. This year’s recipients were Richard Ligon of Graham for agribusiness, Woody Anderson of Colorado City for agricultural production, and Sam Curl of Pecan Plantation for public service.

Richard Ligon. Ligon earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a master’s degree in animal science from Texas Tech. While at Tech, he was a member of the Livestock Judging Team and later was instrumental in establishing the Stanley Anderson Livestock Judging Team Scholarship. Ligon was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in 1997. He received the Outstanding Texas Tech Animal Science Award in 1990, and was named a Distinguished Texas Tech University Alumnus last year.

After graduating from Texas Tech, Ligon worked in a number of posts in the beef division for Wilson & Co., including service as the company’s beef processing manager. Later, he served as president and general manager of Anderson Meats and Provisions, where he was responsible for producing up to 1.6 million pounds of ground beef patties per week for McDonalds and about one-third of the company’s national demands for Canadian bacon. In 1975, he was named the executive vice-president and general manager of Cattle Development Corp. in Amarillo. He later owned and operated McDonalds restaurant franchises in Plainview and Levelland.

Woody Anderson. Anderson has served as chairman of the National Cotton Council (2004), chairman of the Texas State FSA Committee, and chairman of the National Cotton Council’s Crop Insurance Committee. He is also a member of the USDA Cotton Board and chairman of the Mitchell County Board of Economic Development.

Anderson received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from the University of Texas-Austin. His awards include the Cotton Achievement Award from Cotton Grower Magazine U.S. (2008). He was previously honored as a member of the Colorado City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and named the recipient of the Kiwanis Citizen of the Year and Colorado City Citizen of the Year.

Sam Curl. Curl served more than three decades at Texas Tech, including three years as associate vice president for Academic Affairs and almost eighteen years as the dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources between 1979 and 1997. From 1997 to 2004, Curl served as the dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University, director of the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station, and director of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

Curl, who has authored or co-authored three books and 95 scientific or technical publications, received his bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University and a master’s degree in animal genetics from the University of Missouri. His doctorate in animal physiology is from Texas A&M University. He has been awarded Distinguished Alumnus awards from the University of Missouri and Sam Houston State University.

The Outstanding Agriculturalist awards, established in 1969, are named for Gerald W. Thomas, who served as dean of Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences from 1958 to 1970.

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Memory Bennett, Coordinator of Alumni Relations Tech University College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, (806)742-2802 or


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