2017 Farmer of the Year
OTHO E. TURNER
Otho E. Turner is a fifth-generation Chambers County farmer. He still grazes cattle on the land that’s been in his family since the 1800’s. Born and raised in Chambers County, Otho is a 1974 graduate of Anahuac High School and attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville. Raising cattle and farming conventional, organic and seed rice and every crop is a different challenge, and while Otho still farms “Old School”, his son Blake has introduced new technologies and techniques to help them meet the challenges of modern farming.
Otho is the son of Ira A. and Alma Lois Turner and is married to Joy Stratton of Winnie. They have two children, Kaylea Brooke and Kyle Blake. Brooke and her husband Jesse Kraehnke have two children, Teal, age 8 and Kolt, age 7. Blake and his wife Brandy, have a daughter Hadley, age 3. The grandchildren make it seven generations in Chambers County. Another generation, watching, learning and waiting to carry on the family traditions.
Otho is the Chairman of the Trinity Bay Soil & Water Conservation District, Director of the American Rice Growers and the Texas Farm Bureau, and a member of Capital Farm Credit’s Nominating Committee, California Certified Organic Farmers, South Louisiana Rail Facility, the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, the Independent Cattlemen Association and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
“I would like to sincerely thank the Farmer of the Year Committee for being chosen as The Texas Rice Festival 2017 Farmer of the Year. I am honored and equally proud that my son, Blake Turner, has been selected as the Young Farmer of the Year. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my daughter Brooke who is always there to lend a helping hand, as well as the Palacios brothers – who started farming with me in the 70’s – for their friendship and loyalty. And also, all of the local infrastructure for their continued support to the rice industry.”
Farmer of the Year has been awarded every year since the beginning of the Texas Rice Festival.TRF History