Late Bobbye Hurd, Lynn Farris Recognized by Texas Farm Bureau


The McCulloch County Farm Bureau and two McCulloch County residents were recognized this past weekend at the Texas Farm Bureau’s 2021 Annual meeting in Corpus Christi.

Bobbye Smith Hurd
The late Bobbye Smith Hurd, a third-generation McCulloch County farmer and rancher who passed away in 2019, was honored with the Texas Farm Bureau Pioneer Award. Each year, 13 Texas farmers and ranchers are selected for the award for their contributions to agriculture and the organization.

Hurd operated a small dairy until 1986 when he switched to a cow-calf operation. A proud steward of the land and his animals, he was an innovator in agricultural practices.

He joined Farm Bureau in 1952 and served on the Farm Bureau Board for more than 40 years as secretary-treasurer, vice president, and president. Hurd also served on the board of McCulloch County Electric and served 30 years on the Rochelle ISD board – five of those years as president.

Hurd’s daughter, Dixie Pitcox, accepted the award on behalf of her father.

Lynn Farris
Each year, the state’s largest general farm and ranch organization recognizes superior agricultural reporting. This year, the award for Excellence in Journalism in markets less than 50,000 was presented to Lynn Farris with KNEL Radio in Brady.

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.”

McCulloch County Farm Bureau nominated Farris for the award, citing his desire and dedication to telling 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.

McCulloch County Farm Bureau
The McCulloch County Farm Bureau received a Superior in County Communications Award Small County Division, for effectively reaching members and non-members through their county Farm Bureau Facebook page.

(Lynn Farris, KNEL owner, and General Manager)