By Janet Jacobs
Jeffrey Saunders, who was named Navarro County Farmer of the Year, wasn’t exactly surprised Tuesday when they announced his name.
He wasn’t going to go to the Rotary Club’s Farmer Appreciation Banquet until they told him he had won.
“I’ve still got cotton in the field,” Saunders explained. “I was killing cotton this morning, and I’ll be killing cotton again this afternoon.”
Saunders is a farmer who raises milo, cotton, wheat and some hay in the Round Prairie community, near Kerens. He works a 1,300 acre farm alone, with no hired labor, and has done so for the last 14 years.
Saunders said he was shocked at first, when they told him last week that he’d won, then joked that there are so few farmers left in the county that the odds were in his favor.
“It’s truly an honor,” he said seriously. “We do something we love to do... I couldn’t do it without the support of my family.”
Saunders was born and raised in Kerens. After graduating from Kerens High, he went to Navarro College for one year before transferring to Tarleton State University, where he received his degree in agri-business. He has served on the Kerens City Council for the last eight years, and is currently mayor pro-tem. He also serves on the Farm Service Agency County Committee and the Navarro County Appraisal District Ag Division Board.
The Corsicana Rotary Club has named a Navarro County Farmer of the Year since 1965, except for a few missed years in the late 1980s. Among the 40 names on the list is Jeffrey Saunders’ father, Aubrey Saunders, who received the award in 1978.
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By Janet Jacobs