WACO, Texas — Commitment to ensure growers have the best quality of vegetables and a passion for stewarding the land earned Kristin Warner recognition as the winner of the 2022 Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Excellence in Agriculture competition.
Warner is a technical sales representative and product development specialist with Syngenta Vegetable Seeds. She helps bring new vegetable varieties to market for growers to plant. Her responsibilities include grower and dealer engagement, trial development and industry involvement to represent Syngenta.
“Texas Farm Bureau is proud to recognize Kristin for her dedication to agriculture,” TFB President Russell Boening said. “She’s a wonderful example of how folks can be involved in agriculture even if they are not solely farming or ranching.”
She serves as the Hays County Farm Bureau board secretary and is a participant in TFB’s AgLead-FarmLead program. She also helps the county organization with various activities and advocacy events.
Warner represented TFB on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Technology Issues Advisory Committee, which focuses on data privacy, biotechnology, new breeding techniques and more.
She volunteers with several state and national agricultural organizations.
She lives in San Marcos with her husband Rob. She has two stepdaughters, Riley and Hunter.
“Texas agriculture requires a variety of support roles to remain a thriving industry,” Boening said. “Kristin helps Texas farmers grow quality vegetables despite challenges they may face, and she plays a vital role in the advancement and promotion of agriculture.”
As the winner of the Excellence in Agriculture contest, Warner received a $15,000 member dealer voucher to be used at Ford, Case IH, Grasshopper, CAT or John Deere, courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company; a $5,000 cash prize, courtesy of Farm Credit Bank of Texas; and expense-paid trips to both the TFB Annual Meeting and AFBF Annual Convention.
Other finalists in this year’s competition included Cody Berry of Hudson and Chase Brooke of Anna.
The two runners-up will receive a $1,000 cash award, courtesy of Farm Bureau Bank; a $500 cash award, courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company; and an expense-paid trip to the TFB Annual Meeting.
Warner will go on to represent Texas at the national American Farm Bureau Federation competition in January.
The winner of the national Excellence in Agriculture award will receive a $35,000 credit toward a new Ford vehicle and paid registration to the Farm Bureau YF&R Fusion Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, courtesy of Ford Motor Company.
The national runner-up will receive a $25,000 credit toward a new piece of equipment from Case IH, courtesy of Case IH.
Third place in the national competition will receive a $2,500 Investing in Your Future cash prize, courtesy of AmericanAg; a Case IH branded safe, courtesy of Case IH; and $1,665 worth of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise, courtesy of Stanley Black & Decker.
The fourth-place national finalist will receive a Case IH branded Solo stove, courtesy of Case IH.
Information on TFB’s Excellence in Agriculture contest and other young farmer and rancher activities can be found online at https://texasfarmbureau.org/YFR.
–Texas Farm Bureau