Robertson County agent receives 2012 Superior Service Award for distinguished career

FRANKLIN — Ed Schneider, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent in Robertson County, has been awarded the agency’s 2012 Superior Service Award for a distinguished career.

The award is given to individuals who have been with the agency a minimum of 20 years and have demonstrated outstanding service throughout their careers.

Schneider came to Robertson County in 1984 after serving in Williamson County as an assistant agent for four years. He was cited for successes in beef and forage, livestock, row crops, 4-H and youth activities, volunteer management and leadership.

“As a county judge, I consider it an honor to work with a professional of Edward’s caliber,” said Jan Roe, Robertson County judge. “You simply can’t miss with this gentleman. “He is a recognized leader in our community in livestock, agriculture, youth and people in general. ”

In Schneider’s nomination, he was called a “gifted communicator” and a “respected mentor, who leads by example.”

“Above all, Edward is a leader. It matters not whether it is in Robertson County or another part of our agency, he is a recognized leader,” said Ron Woolley, AgriLife Extension East regional program director.

Schneider also is known for his innovative use of distance technology. He assembled an 8-hour
continuing education training accessible by specialists and speakers from anywhere in the United States. To date, these distance-technology programs have provided education to more than 1,000 persons.

“Not only has the use of technology been well accepted by program attendees, but it saves the time and expense required to travel,” said Dr. Larry Redmon of College Station, AgriLife Extension forage specialist who collaborated with Schneider on the distance education effort.

Schneider also has sought funding for Robertson County programs with grants, sponsorships and donations totalling $2.9 million during his 28 years there. With his leadership, 4-H members in Robertson County have earned almost $1.3 million in scholarships.

He is credited with starting the popular Holiday Classic in Robertson County, a two-day event that features education and a livestock show, according to his nomination. The event is free for attendees because Schneider helps raise $20,000 annually to hold the clinic which has educated more than 10,000 youth and leaders since its inception in 1991.

“We appreciated his desire to keep 4-H and FFA working together and to promote youth to be
involved in both organizations. Participation in both just made our kids and programs that much
stronger,” wrote Stacy Ely and Charles Frieda, Franklin Independent School District administrators,  in a letter supporting his nomination.

He has received numerous awards throughout his career and served on many state and regional committees and is a co-author of “Texas Steer Breeds.”

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