Texas Farm Bureau honors 2021 media award winners
(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas)—Highlighting issues facing rural communities and telling the story of Texas farmers and ranchers earned two media members recognition from Texas Farm Bureau (TFB).
Each year, the state’s largest general farm and ranch organization recognizes superior agricultural reporting. This year, awards were given in two categories: Excellence in Journalism for markets less than 50,000 and Excellence in Journalism for markets of 50,000 or larger.
“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain issues have kept agriculture in the news,” TFB President Russell Boening said. “Through our awards program, we are able to recognize the efforts of reporters, broadcasters and editors who worked with our farm and ranch members to tell agriculture’s story throughout the year.”
Excellence in Journalism—Markets of 50,000 or less
TFB awarded the Excellence in Journalism award for markets of less than 50,000 to Drew Powell, a reporter at KVII-TV.
Powell was nominated by Carson-Armstrong County Farm Bureau for his coverage of farm and ranch issues, attention to detail and bringing agricultural stories to life for viewers.
“Drew has done an excellent job reporting local agricultural issues and interviewing farmers and ranchers, including several of our county Farm Bureau leaders,” Carson-Armstrong County Farm Bureau said in the nomination.
Excellence in Journalism—Markets over 50,000
Lynn Farris, broadcaster and owner of KNEL 95.3 FM and 1490 AM in Brady, was awarded TFB’s Excellence in Journalism award in markets over 50,000.
Farris helps his audience learn more about agriculture through various broadcast efforts online and via traditional airwaves.
McCulloch County Farm Bureau nominated Farris for the award, citing his desire and dedication to tell the stories of Texas agriculture.
“Lynn can be counted on to keep our community informed of any situation or to pitch in with local events,” McCulloch County Farm Bureau President Bobby Pearce said in the nomination form.
Farris and his wife, Luci, purchased KNEL AM-FM in 1995.
88th Annual Meeting
For more information on TFB and other recognitions highlighted during the annual meeting, visit, texasfarmbureau.org/annualmeeting.