Lampasas County couple wins TFB Excellence in Agriculture contest
(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas)—Dedication to the community and agriculture has earned Heston and Stevie McBride recognition as the winners of the 2021 Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Excellence in Agriculture competition.
“Texas Farm Bureau is proud to recognize this young couple for their accomplishments,” TFB President Russell Boening said. “They’re a wonderful example of how folks can be involved in agriculture even if they are not solely farming or ranching.”
The McBrides work alongside each other in their agricultural business venture and cow-calf operation. They are the owners and operators of AgroTech, an agricultural service business that provides liquid feed, custom hay services, herbicides, agricultural equipment rentals, dyed diesel and more to farmers and ranchers in the Lampasas area.
Heston trains horses and enjoys roping and showing at working cow-horse events. The couple also works alongside Heston’s family to grow Kleingrass and coastal Bermudagrass hay for their cow-calf herd.
They are active in Lampasas County Farm Bureau, where Heston serves on the board of directors. They regularly attend Young Farmer & Rancher activities and other Farm Bureau events.
The couple lives in Lampasas with their young son, Hetch.
“Texas agriculture requires a variety of support roles to remain a thriving industry,” Boening said. “The McBrides are providing supplies and other essentials for farmers and ranchers while growing their own cow-calf herd, and that hard work and dedication to agriculture is to be commended. All of our finalists deserve to be recognized for their contributions in and out of the field.”
As the winner of the Excellence in Agriculture contest, they will receive a UTV, courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, and a $5,000 cash award, courtesy of Farm Credit.
Other finalists in this year’s competition included Chase Brooke of Anna and Jacob and Laura Henson of Lingleville.
The two runners-up will receive a $1,000 cash award, courtesy of Farm Bureau Bank, and a $500 cash award, courtesy of Farm Credit.
The McBrides will go on to represent Texas at the national American Farm Bureau Federation competition in January.
The winner of the national Excellence in Agriculture award will receive a new Ford vehicle up to a value of $35,000 and paid registration to the Farm Bureau YF&R Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, courtesy of Ford.
The national runner-up will receive a Case IH Farmall 50A tractor, courtesy of Case IH.
Third place in the national EIA competition will receive a Case IH 40” Combination Roll Cabinet & Top Chest and a $500 Case IH parts card, courtesy of Case IH; a $2,500 Investing in Your Future cash prize, courtesy of American Agricultural Insurance Company; and $1,850 worth of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise, courtesy of Stanley Black & Decker.
The fourth-place national finalist will receive a Case IH 40” Combination Roll Cabinet & Top Chest and a $500 Case IH parts card, courtesy of Case IH.
Information on the contest and other young farmer and rancher activities can be found online at texasfarmbureau.org/YFR.