Texas Farm Bureau posthumously recognizes Jerome Felps
SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Jerome K. Felps was posthumously recognized by the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) with the District 8 Pioneer Award for his contributions to Texas agriculture and the organization during TFB’s 80th Annual Meeting today. His son Bill accepted the award in his memory.
“The Pioneer Award recognizes men like Felps who have dedicated their time and expertise for the betterment of Texas agriculture and Texas Farm Bureau,” TFB President Kenneth Dierschke said. “We’re proud to recognize Felps’ decades of service and activism–not only to Farm Bureau but also to his community.”
Felps was a member of the Burnet County Farm Bureau for decades and served as its president, secretary and treasurer during an 18-year stint on its board of directors. In 1969, he was part of a dedicated group who helped obtain a new home for the county Farm Bureau.
He served on the State Affairs and National Affairs committees due to his interest in legislation affecting agriculture and rural life. He also served on the state Resolutions Committee and was a voting delegate at TFB state meetings for 20 years.
Felps was also active in his local Methodist Church, with the band parents organization and the Athletic Boosters Association. He was also supportive of local youth at FFA and 4-H shows. Felps served on the Tax Equalization Board.
TFB’s Pioneer Award honors one outstanding Texas farmer or rancher in each of the organization’s 13 districts, as well as one staff member. Winners are chosen annually by a panel of their peers for their exceptional contributions to agriculture and Texas Farm Bureau.
District 8 Pioneer Jerome Felps