(WACO) – Oliver Stengel Grote was recognized as the District 7 Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Pioneer Award winner at the 77th TFB Annual Meeting today in Waco.
More than 60 years ago, Grote saw a need to unify local farmers and ranchers and helped organize the Mason County Farm Bureau. Throughout the years, Grote led the local organization as director, president and second vice president of the board, as well as chairman of several committees. He also served the county as area field representative from 1956-1958 and as Mason County service agent from 1956-1964.
An integral part of the agriculture community, Grote and his father introduced Angus cattle to Central Texas. They were instrumental in planning and building the Mason County community building and show barn, which have benefitted county residents.
He also lent his time and leadership to several other organizations, including Lions Club, Mason County Chamber of Commerce (which recognized him with Business of the Year) and is a member of the local 4-H Club. In 4-H, he served as adult leader and received the District Adult Leader award. He also attended the national 4-H conference. He served as a trustee of Operation Orphans, Inc., and he is former president of the Hill Country Angus Association and director of the Texas Angus Association.
Grote is a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church where he has served on the board of trustees, as a lay leader, as a Sunday school teacher, and is a member of the Methodist Men's Club.
TFB’s Pioneer Award honors one outstanding Texas farmer or rancher in each of the organization’s 13 state districts, as well as one staff member. Winners are chosen annually by a panel of their peers for their exceptional contributions to agriculture and Texas Farm Bureau.