CASNR presents 'Outstanding Agriculturalist' awards at 87th Pig Roast
Texas Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will honor three Texas residents with Gerald W. Thomas Outstanding Agriculturalist Awards on Thursday (Nov. 13) during its 87th annual Pig Roast at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall. The Pig Roast also celebrates scholarship donors, recipients and intercollegiate judging teams.
The annual outstanding agriculturalist awards recognize individuals for contributions to various areas of agriculture. This year's recipients are Glenn Schur for agricultural production, Linda Taylor for agribusiness and Patti Jones for public service.
Glenn Schur Agricultural Production. The Plainview native is owner/operator of Glenn Schur Farms, where he has been a sorghum grower for Grain Berry Cereal for seven years. Farm operations include Schur Limousin, a 100+ registered cow/calf operation. He received his bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Tech in 1980. Schur is a current member of the CASNR Advisory Board and serves as Chairman of the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation. Awards for Schur include the Blue Legacy Award (2011); CASNR Distinguished Alumni Award (2008); and the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership award (1990-1992).
Linda Taylor Agribusiness. Taylor is owner and operator of S P Taylor Insurance Agency, a Ropesville-based crop insurance agency. She was office manager, co-owner and operator of Buster's Gin, Ltd. between 1976 and 2009. She is a member of the Plains Cotton Growers Finance Committee, the Bayer Museum of Agriculture, and the Texas Farm Bureau, among others. Taylor received her bachelor's degree in business administration in 1965 and master's degree in education in 1969; both from Texas Tech. Honors include Leader Legacy Award for District 2 of the Texas 4-H Foundation (2004); Cotton Ginner of the Year for the Texas Cotton Ginner's Association (2009); and Honorary Recognition from the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program (2014).
Patti Jones Public Service. The Honorable Patti Jones was elected Lubbock County Commissioner for Precinct Four in 2000. She has the distinction of the first woman to serve on the Commissioners Court. She has served as past President of the South Plains Soil and Water Conservation Association, Vice President of the Bayer Museum of Agriculture, the Texas Department of Agriculture Appointee to Texas Agricultural Finance Authority Board of Directors, as well as service on numerous local boards and committees. Jones is from a multi-generational farming family and today continues the legacy built with her late husband, Steve. She and her youngest son, Casey (2003 BS Interdisciplinary Agriculture) and daughter-in-law Lacy, operate today as JJJ Farms, LLC.
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.
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CONTACT: Jane Piercy, Director of Development and External Relations, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806)742-2802 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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