The Texas Farm Bureau (TFB), President Russell Boening awarded Waskom’s own Jack Dillard with their prestigious “Pioneer Award.” Mr. Dillard was chosen as part of an annual caucus of County Farm Bureau Presidents, for exceptional contributions to agriculture and Texas Farm Bureau.
TFB’s Pioneer Award honors one outstanding Texas farmer or rancher in each of the organization’s 13 districts, as well as one staff member.
President Boening stated, “We’re thankful to be able to honor Jack for the immense support he’s shown Texas farmers, ranchers and youth throughout his lifetime. His words touch the lives of many, and his actions are irreplaceable. He’s a true Pioneer, helping pave the way for the next generation.”
Jack Dillard, never shy, first joined the Harrison County Farm Bureau (CFB) in 1958 and has since served in many capacities, as the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. Dillard was an active member of the Ag in the Classroom and Youth committees. Boening added, “We’re proud to say Jack has been a reporter on the TFB “Radio Network’s Farm Bureau Roundup” for more than 40 years, keeping listeners across the state up-to-date on agriculture and the issues farmers and ranchers face today.”
It should be noted that Mr. Dillard has helped organize and launch youth livestock shows across America, including Texas. Dillard is one of the original founders of the “Harrison County Farm-City Week Youth Stock Show.” Dillard’s leadership and creativity created the show, from concept to becoming a premier production and information source in the Ark-La-Tex region.
Leading by example, Dillard did not stop or linger longer, while being instrumental in the establishment of the Waskom FFA/Harrison County, “Farm Bureau Leadership Contest.” In addition, Jack Dillard volunteered his time with the county’s Texas A & M, “AgriLife Extension Service,” the Arklatex Agriculture Council, Harrison County Agribusiness Council, Harrison County Farm-City Week Committee, Louisiana Auctioneers Association and the Texas Auctioneers Association.
As a Pioneer and Community leader, Jack Dillard has left an imprinted legacy of excellence that makes a difference and invests in the future and hope of ranchers, farmers, the youth and all Americans, who benefit directly and indirectly by his major efforts and contributions.