VICTORIA - Jeff Nunley, executive director of South Texas Cotton and Grain Association in Victoria, has been recognized by the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association with its Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture Awards.

Nunley received the award at the recent TCAAA annual meeting in Amarillo.

The award, given for the past 46 years, is presented to individuals to recognize their outstanding leadership in agriculture and agribusiness and support of the educational program efforts of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service county agents, said Dusty Tittle, president of the association and AgriLife Extension agent in Burleson County.

"Their unselfish service has contributed to improving the economic well-being and quality of life in their communities, our state and our nation," Tittle said.

Nunley has been an outspoken advocate for agriculture and an unwavering supporter of AgriLife Extension programs in Texas, said Joe Janak Jr., agricultural and natural resources agent in Victoria County.

Nunley has directed association support for county crop tours, special cotton and grain field days, integrated pest management research projects, county demonstrations and applied research, and major educational events for the Gulf Coast region.

He also served as a coordinator to help the Agriculture and Food Policy Center develop representative farms in the Upper and Lower Coastal Bend to improve analysis of impacts of farm policy on area farms.

Nunley serves on numerous local, state and national commodity associations to represent the interests of South Texas cotton and grain farmers, Janak said. He also serves on several research boards to help direct research funding to projects beneficial to producers in South Texas.

In 1999, Nunley initiated efforts to address aflatoxin problems in South Texas by coordinating U.S. Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service program to evaluate the use of biological control in cotton and corn.

This work resulted in a full EPA label for use of AF36 to control aflatoxin on cotton in Texas as well as a current Experimental Use Permit for use on corn for this year, Janak said.

"Jeff is a firm believer that the future of agriculture depends on providing educational opportunities for today's youth and leadership opportunities for farmers," Janak said. "Through his leadership, South Texas Cotton & Grain Association has established endowments at Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University to provide scholarships for congressional intern programs, and is an annual supporter of the TALL program."