I have a confession to make. I never meant to stay this long.
Nearly three decades ago, I was employed by Texas Farm Bureau—28 years, five months and 29 days to be exact. I was much younger then, searching for my calling with visions of my own business dancing in my head.
Then something funny happened. I started to believe. For the first time in my life, I was truly involved with the issues of agriculture. I witnessed the daily struggle of farmers and ranchers trying to stay ahead. I saw an organization with a steel resolve to make life better on the farm and ranch.
And I fell in love. With my job. With the men and women of agriculture. And the great organization called Texas Farm Bureau.
Now it’s time for me to move on. This is my final blog on Texas Agriculture Talks. I’m retiring today.
Three decades. So much history.
Many farm bills. Former House Ag Committee Chairman Kika de la Garza and his submarine story. Terrible drought. Good times.
GMOs. PETA. HSUS. An alphabet soup of acronyms.
Jim Hightower and Rick Perry. AGFUND. S.M. True. Kenneth Dierschke. A new generation of leaders. Like Russell Boening. And the young men and women making their marks in our leadership programs.
Communication revolution. Smart phones. Laptops. Tablets. Farmers tweeting. Facebook.
A rush of memories floods my mind. But what stands out are the people.
You hear a lot about the Farm Bureau family. And it’s true.
This last month I’ve had conversations with many of you, both leaders and staff. A common observation is the love and commitment shared for each other and this organization.
And that’s what makes Farm Bureau successful.
We care on a personal level. So many of you have shared the ups and downs of my life. Tragedy, grandchildren, sickness, triumphs. As I have yours. Lifelong friendships made across this great state.
We share common concerns. Texas agriculture is as diverse as anywhere in the world. What’s good for you may not be good for me. But in Farm Bureau, we don’t observe the world through tunnel vision. We work together. To solve the problems facing agriculture.
We share the love of a great organization. One unafraid to slay giants. Or quietly work behind the scenes to get the job done. Driven by dedicated leaders. And a committed staff.
It’s been a long ride. Not always easy. Quite often challenging. Forever looking over the next hill. To scout opportunities ahead. Dedicated. Riding for the brand.
It is truly an honor to have served with you all.
God bless Texas Farm Bureau. And God bless you.