The 2009 Mason County Farm Bureau Annual Convention is scheduled for Tuesday evening, October 13th, at 6:00 p.m. This year's meeting will be held at the Fort Mason Park Community Building.
A free barbecue dinner will be served, and door prizes will be awarded to attendees. This year's featured speaker is Texas Farm Bureau president, Kenneth Dierschke. Possible guests also include Mason County Judge Jerry Bearden and State Representative Harvey Hilderbran, and topics are sure to focus on issues currently affecting Mason County residents.
Members are reminded that this is an important meeting, as the Articles of Incorporation will be acted upon at this meeting.
Kenneth Dierschke of San Angelo became president of the Texas Farm Bureau and its affiliated companies in December 2002. He was elected to the TFB Board of Directors in December 1996, and became vice president in 2000. In January 2003, he was elected to the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors. He serves on the Boards of Directors for Texas Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, and Farm Bureau Bank.
Since 1998, Dierschke has served as agricultural representative on the Region F Water Planning Group created by Senate Bill 1. In 2004 and 2005, he served on the Conservation Task Force for the Texas Water Development Board. He serves on the Cotton Board, and is a director of the Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association. He served on the American Farm Bureau Trade Advisory Committee and was recently appointed as a member of the USDA Trade Representative Advisory Committee.
After his election to the Tom Green County Farm Bureau Board of Directors in 1975, Dierschke served as president for two terms, until his election to the TFB Board. He has also served on TFB’s Blue Ribbon Goals Committee, State Resolutions Committee, and Cotton Advisory Committees.
Dierschke has also been honored with the Area Chapter Farmer Award from the Wall FFA and was selected as the Concho Soil & Water District Farmer of the Year.
Dierschke is a fourth generation farmer who raises cotton and milo. He graduated from Wall High School and attended San Angelo College (now Angelo State University).
Dierschke and his wife, Binnie, are members of Holy Angels Catholic Church, where he has served on the parish council, including a term as president, and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. They were honored as Holy Angels Catholic Church “Family of the Year” in 1990. They have two sons and a daughter, and are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.