Press Release from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2011
Contact: Sam Carlson

Sen. Estes receives TFB AGFUND True Agricultural Champion award

(WACO) — Texas Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) is one of three state lawmakers who received the inaugural True Agricultural Champion award, presented by Texas Farm Bureau's (TFB) political action arm for special legislative achievement.

The award recognizes those who go the "extra mile" in supporting Texas Farm Bureau policy endeavors, according to Kenneth Dierschke, president of the Texas Farm Bureau and Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund (AGFUND), Inc.

"Sen. Estes deserves recognition for his outstanding leadership to agriculture in the Texas Legislature," Dierschke said. "He is one of agriculture's most important leaders as chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and vice chairman of the Natural Resources Committee."

In the 2011 legislative session, Sen. Estes carried and passed two of TFB's legislative priorities. He sponsored the grain indemnity fund, which will help protect farmers financially in the event a grain elevator goes bankrupt.

Sen. Estes also authored the legislation for eminent domain reform in the Senate that became law after a six-year battle.

"These reforms represent the most significant improvements in protecting private property rights in Texas in the last 20 years," Dierschke said.

The True Agricultural Champion award was created in 2011. The award is named after former TFB President S.M. True Jr., who served as president from 1982 to 1993.

Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) and Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) also received the award.