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December 5, 2010

For Immediate Release

Central Texan receives top honor from Texas Farm Bureau

Former TFB leader Joe Maley earns prestigious award from Texas’ largest farm organization

WACO – A lifetime commitment to agriculture was recognized today as Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) bestowed its Distinguished Service Award upon former TFB Director of Organization Joe Maley for his four decades of dedicated service. Maley received the organization’s highest honor at the 77th TFB Annual Meeting in Waco.

“This award is a tribute to a man who has given his life to serving Texas farmers and ranchers,” said TFB President Kenneth Dierschke. “Knowing the quality man Joe Maley is, it’s not too hard to see why our board of directors unanimously agreed that he should receive this award. We appreciate his four decades of leadership to Texas Farm Bureau.”

Throughout his tenure, Maley was as comfortable with farmers and ranchers in the field as he was with legislators in Austin. His greatest contribution to the organization was his ability to bridge the gap between the TFB members’ needs and legislative agendas at the State Capitol.

“Joe keenly understood the roles of staff and volunteer leaders, and he viewed his position within the organization as one of stewardship,” Dierschke said. “His loyalty always remained with the members and county leaders who trusted him to represent them. To Joe, there was no higher honor—or responsibility.”

In 1969, Maley joined the TFB field staff and later transitioned to the legislative team, where he worked for eminent domain reform, protected groundwater rights and other landmark issues on behalf of the organization’s members. Maley retired from TFB last spring and now divides his time between his land outside of Waco and his family’s South Texas ranch.

“Joe keeps busy in retirement with two ranches, political consulting and a few other jobs—but his heart, or at least half of it, has been in Farm Bureau for 40 years,” Dierschke said. “If anyone deserves this award, it certainly is Joe.”

Over the course of TFB’s 77-year history, only 27 individuals have been recognized with the Distinguished Service Award—formerly called the Meritorious Service Award. Past winners include current American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President and past TFB President Bob Stallman, as well as several other past TFB presidents, a Texas governor, congressmen and state senators.


About The Texas Farm Bureau

 The Texas Farm Bureau works to provide a voice for Texas farmers, ranchers, rural citizens and everyone interested in preserving and protecting this way of life.  More on the Web at:

Texas Farm Bureau website

TFB Eminent Domain website

TFB Facebook website

TFB Twitter website

 NOTE:  For a photo of TFB President Kenneth Dierschke, please visit the following link: