HORSESHOE BAY – Steve Byrns, an award-winning veteran writer and Texas A&M AgriLife Communications media relations specialist in San Angelo, recently was named the Specialist of the Year in Texas Agriculture for District 7 by the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association.
Texas County Agricultural Agents Association is the professional association for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s county agricultural agents.
“Steve understands the roles and responsibilities of a county Extension agent and is always willing to help agents be successful,” said Wade Hibler, AgriLife Extension agent in Burnet County, in presenting the award. “He has commented numerous times that Extension is only as strong as the county program. Much of our success in District 7 can be attributed to the support Steve provides.”
Byrns has been in his present position since July 15, 1982, and is responsible for media-related Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research endeavors in 70-plus counties of West Central Texas, the South Plains and Far West Texas, as well as the Texas A&M University departments of entomology and wildlife and fisheries sciences at College Station.
He is a graduate of Angelo State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1978 and a master’s in animal science in 1982. For the past 30 years he also has had ranching interests involving commercial beef cattle, sheep and meat goat production.
Byrns has been active in the Texas Extension Specialists Association, serving in many different officer roles, including the presidency in 2006-2007. He is currently the association’s parliamentarian.
Among the recognitions received during his 30-plus years with the agency are the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Superior Service Award for a team and the Texas Section Society for Range Management Special Publication Award team award, both in 2012.
He was a member of award-winning teams receiving the Texas A&M Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence in 1997 and 2002. He also received an earlier Superior Service team award in 1999, and was presented the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers’ Association Outstanding News Reporting Award in 1998 and again in 2010.