Three leaders in Texas agriculture have been honored with the 2012 Texas A&M Distinguished Texan in Agriculture award. Texas A&M honors leaders each year who have made significant contributions to Texas agriculture.
This year’s winners are Bob Turner of Voss, Jerry D. Harris of Lamesa and the late E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal of Fort Worth.
Turner served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1991-2003 and was a champion of Texas agriculture issues. He also is active in Texas Farm Bureau (TFB). He is a member of Coleman County Farm Bureau, where he served two terms as president. He also has been a TFB state director and was awarded the TFB Pioneer Award in 2011.
Harris is very active in the agricultural industry in Dawson County. He is involved in farming, ginning, warehousing, merchandising and equipment leasing. Harris also is a member of the Dawson County Farm Bureau.
Rosenthal has been awarded Distinguished Texan in Agriculture posthumously. He served as chairman emeritus of the board at Standard Meat Co. in Fort Worth and was active in the meat industry and agriculture education.