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November 20, 2013

Short named Farmer of the Year

Honoree credits friend/neighbor with start

Corsicana — Agriculture businesses like farming and ranching are the backbone of Navarro County. Many farming families go back several generations.

Since at least 1965, the Corsicana Rotary Club (Wednesday club) has recognized and said “thank you” to the unsung heroes of the soil.

The 2013 honoree credited the 1967 Farmer of the Year for giving him a hand up when he was just starting out, for believing in him as a young guy fresh out of A&M.

Lynn Short, 2013 Farmer of the Year, is a native of Frost. He graduated from Frost High School in 1971, and from Texas A&M University in 1976, with a livestock and ranch management certificate earned from Texas State Technical College and two years at Navarro College prior to that.

“While at A&M, he restored a 1952 B John Deere antique tractor,” said Kit Herrington. “He obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agronomy. After graduation, he began working full time at Hooser Farms in Frost.”

During his time working for Jimmy Hooser in Frost, Short also farmed and ranched full-time in Navarro and Ellis counties, and now owns and operates LS Farms as well, farming 1200 acres with corn, cotton, milo and wheat.

“His ranching interests include 200 areas of pasture with mostly improved grasses which sustain a commercial cow/calf operation,” Herrington said.

Always active in the Frost community, Short has been involved with the Frost FFA at Frost High School, served on the Frost City Council from 1999 to 2011, and was the fire chief for Frost VFD from 1984 to 2009. He continues to farm and ranch, be an active member at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, and enjoys his passion for antique tractors, with several restorations in progress now. He also likes attending tractor shows.

Coming forward to accept his plaque, silver tray, HEB turkey and Collin Street Bakery fruitcake, Short accepted his honor with few words.

“I appreciate the recognition. I probably never would have been able to farm if it hadn’t been for that man over there,” he said, gesturing toward Jimmy Hooser, and fighting to control his emotions. “When I graduated, I didn’t have anything but the desire to farm.”

Rotary member David Edwards noted that many of the people in attendance at the luncheon came from families with a rich heritage of working the land in Navarro County.

“This is a small way we can say thank you and honor some folks for doing what they do,” Edwards said. “Recognize you for your endeavors.”

Ken Mixon was recognized for donations to the Rotary Club by the District Governor Rich Kaye who drove in from Killeen.

A program on the Trinity River Basin Restoration Project was presented by Blake Alldredge from Texas A&M University, Texas Agri-Life Extension.

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Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore. She may be reached via email at dkirk@corsicanadailysun.com.

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