Special to the Index
Ernest “Ernie “ R. Herron Jr. received the District 7 Texas Farm Bureau Pioneer Award for his contributions to Texas agriculture and the organization during TFB’s 80th annual meeting.
“The Pioneer Award is designed to honor men like Herron who work on behalf of Texas farmers and rancher and Texas Farm Bureau. “ TFB President Kenneth Dierschke said ”We’re pleased to recognize the many contributions Herron has made to his community, the state and agriculture.”
Herron joined the Palo Pinto County Farm Bureau in 1993 and was elected as a director. He has served as secretary, president and is currently the CFB’s vice president. In addition to serving on a number of county committees, Herron volunteers for Ag field days, junior livestock shows, teacher workshops and youth scholarship programs.
Herron chaired the state horse and animal health committees, attended the American Farm Bureau Federation Community Conference in Washington, D.C. regarding horse slaughter and has met with Texas thoroughbred and Texas quarter horse organizations to discuss Farm Bureau’s support of video terminals at Texas race tracks.
Prior to joining Farm Bureau, Herron, who grew up on the family farm, served in the U.S. Air Force and then worked as operations manager at Dallas based Pfizer.
After 32 years, he retired and moved to Lone Camp and became manager of a cow/calf and hay operation. He has served on the Texas AgriLife Extension Beef and Forage Committee and has chaired its executive council.
Herron also served as a member of the Palo Pinto livestock association serving as the secretary for numerous years.
He is presently a member of the county soil and water board having served four years as chairman. He also served two years as president of the Rolling Plains Soil and Water Conservation District.
TFB’s Pioneer Award honors one outstanding Texas farmer or rancher in each of the organizations 13 districts, as well as one staff member.
Winners are chosen annually by a panel of their peers for the exceptional contributions to agriculture and Texas Farm Bureau.