The 10th annual Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Banquet is coming up Monday, April 6th at Banita Creek Hall.

One of the awards presented at the banquet will be for the Agriculture Educator of the Year, and the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce and Citizen's First Bank are proud to announce that this year's recipient is Al Schmidt. 

The following is taken from the official press release via the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce:

Schmidt is the District Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service with the USDA. He is responsible for agency operations in Nacogdoches, Shelby, San Augustine and Sabine counties, and he provides assistance to private agricultural landowners on soil, plant, water resource management issues.

For the past 22 years Schmidt has been involved in the setup and running of various FFA contests for local high school students. Contest events consist of land judging, plant identification and woodland and wildlife contests. The events educate students about the management of agriculture and woodland areas, interpretation of information needed to make management decisions and skills development for use in real resource management scenarios. The events are held on the local level to prepare teams to participate at area and state contest.

Schmidt participates in local youth education events such as Walk-the-Woods, sponsored by SFA and Texas Forest Service, and the AG-in-the-Classroom sponsored by the Farm Bureau. Each year he makes presentations on soil characteristics and use to inform students of the importance of our soil as a natural resources and presentations to schools the importance of conservation of soil and water resources. He is involved in these events in Nacogdoches, Shelby and Sabine counties.

Schmidt is a 1984 SFASU graduate with a degree in Forestry. He is married to Nola, a science teacher at Nacogdoches High School, and they have three children, Chris, Jennifer and David. He enjoys fishing, hunting and gardening.

The banquet begins at 6pm on April 4th at Banita Creek Hall.  Tickets and Tables can be reserved by contacting the Nacogdoches Chamber at 936-560-5533.