Nolan County farmer, rancher honored by Texas Farm Bureau

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Staff Writer

A love of agriculture and a lifetime promoting it earned John Garrett Adams, Jr. of Marynell Texas Farm Bureau's (TFB) prestigious Pioneer award today at the organization's annual meeting in Frisco.
"Much like the men and women who settled Texas, John is a true pioneer. His tireless dedication and commitment to agriculture have paved the way for countless people to find their love of farming and ranching," Boening said. "We're proud to honor him."
Adams joined the Nolan County Farm Bureau (CFB) in 1966, serving on its board for 18 years.
The Air Force veteran served in Korea and Japan before returning home to Texas to earn a Bachelor's degree in Ag Engineering. He later went on to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service as a civil engineer. After 30 years, when he retired, Adams became a full-time farmer and rancher.
"John loves to share agriculture with others," Boening said. "He and his wife, Ruth, once spent an entire day sharing Nolan County agriculture to Susan King, who later became a state representative. His actions and pride in what he does are to be commended."
Adams served as president, vice president, secretary, director and fire chief of the Maryneal Community Center. He served as director of the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, school board trustee and on the Maryneal Cemetery Board.
Adams was instrumental in organizing the Wes-Tex Groundwater Conservation District and served as chairman of its first elected board. He continues to serve as director.
He is a member of Maryneal Baptist Church, where he has served as deacon, song director, teacher and treasurer.
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. Winners are chosen annually by a caucus of County Farm Bureau Presidents for their exceptional contributions to agriculture and Texas Farm Bureau.