AG News '08
Newton, Porter-Henderson Honored
Friday, 03 October 2008
By STEVE REAGAN
Gregg Newton and Porter Henderson Implement Co. were the major honorees at the annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon, held thursday in the Dora Roberts Community Center.
Newton, a fourth-generation Howard County farmer, was named Ag Producer of the Year, while Porter Henderson was selected as the Ag Business of the Year at the luncheon, sponsored by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The luncheon, held annually to salute area farmers, ranchers and agriculture-related businesses, was keynoted by an address from Todd Staples, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.
Donnie Reid, who presented the producer award, lauded Newton for his meticulous approach to farming.
“This man is known throughout Howard County for his constant figuring,” Reid said in prepared remarks. “He would be lost without his calculator and cell phone. He calculates, down to the penny, how much it will cost him to spray, plow, plant, harvest and gin.”
Newton, who follows his father, Marion, as a winner of the producer award, raises cotton as his primary crop, but also grows grain sorghum, organic cotton, hay grazer and wheat. He farmed for many years with his father before striking out on his own, Reid said.
Porter Henderson Implement, which sells and services John Deere brand farm and ranch equipment, began business in San Angelo in 1943 and opened a branch in Big Spring in June 2001.
The company is managed locally by Nate Avey.
“Porter Henderson ... has been committed to serving the community and strives to play a supporting role in all the surrounding Ag areas,” said Kelly Newton, winner of last year's Ag Business award. “It will always be the goal of Porter Henderson Implement Co. to continue quality service and keep agriculture producers up to date with the latest technology and equipment.”
Commissioner Staples saluted the large crowd for their contribution to the state economy.
“I know this community appreciates what agriculture adds to the local, regional and state economy,” said Staples, a former state representative and senator who is the 11th agriculture commissioner. “It sends the right signal about your values and who you are ... 80 percent of Texans are involved in agriculture in one way or another.”