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Texas Agriculture Archive

January 2, 2004

Hobbs wins Excellence
in Agriculture Award

As a winner of the Excellence in Agriculture Award, Chad Hobbs received one year's use of a 2004 Dodge Quad Cab pickup and $500 cash, courtesy of Dodge.

Chad Hobbs, a farm business consultant for Southwest Farm Business Services, was named the winner of Texas Farm Bureau's Excellence in Agriculture Award. Hobbs, of Round Rock, received the honor at Farm Bureau's 70th annual state convention.

The farm business consultant travels the state making business, financial and marketing decisions for farmers and ranchers.

"On a daily basis, I monitor the markets and assemble the information needed in marketing plans," the 31-year-old Hobbs said. "Then I take these marketing plans and execute them. I actually pull triggers for these farmers, call elevator managers, manage bases, futures and options accounts, and take control of their commodity to help them price it when the opportunity exists," Hobbs explained.

The Excellence in Agriculture Award is designed to recognize young farmers and ranchers who do not currently own their operation, but are actively contributing and growing through their involvement in Farm Bureau, agriculture or agribusiness. Participants must be 35 years of age or younger to be eligible for the contest.

For winning the award, Hobbs receives one year's use of a 2004 Dodge Quad Cab pickup and $500 cash, courtesy of Dodge. He also receives a plaque representative of the award. In addition, Hobbs and his spouse receive an all-expenses paid trip to Honolulu to attend the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention, Jan. 10-14, 2004. There, Hobbs will compete for the national excellence in agriculture award.

The winner of AFBF's award will receive a 2004 Dodge Quad Cab 4 x 4 1500 pickup and a paid registration to the 2004 Young Farmer & Rancher Leadership Conference in Salt Lake City.

The two runners-up for the Texas award were July Danley of Stephenville, the executive director for TriCounty Agribusiness Association, and Melissa Loerwald of Florence, an ag-science teacher at Florence High School. They each received a $100 gift certificate to Grainger Industrial Supply, courtesy of Grainger, and a plaque representative of the award.