Ag movers, shakers
The past year marked the 150th anniversary of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signing into law the formation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While this marked a milestone in agricultural history, 2012 was also a year when controversy plagued the ag industry. Some in the ag industry whose contributions are notable include:
•Jerome Flieller and Vernor Bippert, recognized during the Wilson
County Junior Livestock Show for their contribution in the formation of the
poultry show. The men have a combined total of 94 years of service to the
•Floresville FFA’s Tractor Restoration Team’s Paul Stratemann, who received high-point individual honors in both the component exam and the written
exam during the State FFA Tractor Technician Contest in Houston in March.
•Buck Butler of the Nixon Livestock Commission, who was honored as the first
recipient of the Nixon-Smiley Livestock Show Hall of Fame award March 10 in
•The Floresville FFA Public Relations Team of Jewel Jimenez, Taylor Wall,
Brielle Brown, and Rachel Miksch, who placed fourth in state competition Dec.
1 in Huntsville. This is the highest a Public Relations team from Floresville
has placed in the Texas FFA State Leadership contest finals.
While these made history or are considered trailblazers in their respective
fields, others received recognition as well:
•Ryan Hubbert, a former member of the Floresville FFA, earned an American
•Jay Faktor was honored during the Wilson County Junior Livestock Show in
January for assistance he gave to many students with their
animal projects for area shows through the years.
•Floresville FFA’s Tractor Restoration Team of Paul Stratemann, Craig
Sumner, and Mathieu Seguin placed eighth overall in the State FFA Tractor
Technician Contest in Houston.
•Daylon Brooks of La Vernia was a multi-winner in the 2012 stock show circuit, including: Wilson County Junior Livestock Show - grand champion steer and reserve breed champion Duroc; San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo - reserve champion, ABC Junior Market Steer; Star of Texas -- first-place Class II ABC steer.
•Cowboy Fellowship in Atascosa County celebrated its ninth anniversary with a Heritage Days celebration held under a newly covered arena facility in May. The fellowship grew from an original group of 14 men to more than 1,180 people who attended the Easter service.
•Poth High School graduate Kody Lucherk received the Jerry Hawkins Memorial Livestock Judging Award April 14. Lucherk also was selected by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources to intern in the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C., during the summer.
•Five Wilson County cattlemen were honored during the Texas Independent Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) convention in San Marcos, by being named trailblazers. The South Central Texas ICA recipients include Larry Wiley and this reporter. The Guada-Coma ICA chapter was represented by Michael “Mike” Koepp, Chester Kolodziej, and Robert D. Young Sr.
•American Brahman Association Secretary/Treasurer Tommy Stadler was elected as president of the Texas Brahman Association.
•Dennis Hale, Wilson County AgriLife Extension agent for 3-1/2 years, was honored at the end of August upon his retirement from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service after 32 years of service.
•The 2012 Latinos in Agriculture Leaders Forum selected Daisy Garcia, a Palo Alto College student, to serve on a national student panel in San Antonio.
•The La Vernia FFA Poultry Team of Travis Dupnick, Trevor Kosub, Katy
Sells, and Brooke Young placed second at National FFA competition Oct. 26 in
Indianapolis, Ind. All placed in the top 10 individuals, with Katy placing
first in the grading/reason portion of the contest.
•Swaim A Rosa Ranchhands Captain Velma Ramirez won “Top Hand” honors in the South Texas Ranch Rodeo in Dilley. The all-woman team placed first in this event.
•Susan Hancock of La Vernia was awarded the U.S. Dressage Federation Region
9 Teaching Excellence Award.
•Adrian Pawelek of Three Oaks Rocking X Ranch and Sue Koch Witten of Bar
Seven Six Ranch in Wilson County were named Family Land Heritage honorees.
•Terry Reagan, publisher of the Ranchers Exchange, received the Texas Farm
Bureau Excellence in Agricultural Journalism award Dec. 2 in Waco.