83R29045 BK-D
  By: Estes S.C.R. No. 36
         WHEREAS, For the past 36 years, Ken Horton has forged an
  exceptional record of leadership in the field of Texas agriculture;
         WHEREAS, Mr. Horton is a veteran of the Texas National Guard
  and an alumnus of Texas A&M University, where he completed a degree
  in psychology and sociology in 1974; he became the campus director
  of Coastal Bend Youth City, a facility for abused and troubled
  children, shortly after graduation, and during his three years in
  that post, he played an integral role in the growth of Youth City's
  farming and 4-H programs; and
         WHEREAS, In 1977, Mr. Horton joined the staff of the Texas
  Pork Producers Association, and he currently serves as the group's
  executive vice president; over the course of his work with the TPPA,
  he has focused on building relationships with Texas pork producers
  and organizations, relationships that have led to increased TPPA
  membership and made the group an even stronger advocate for its
  industry; and
         WHEREAS, This esteemed gentleman has also worked extensively
  with the National Pork Producers Council, serving on its Pork
  Industry Transition Committee, helping to pass the national pork
  checkoff program, and assisting statewide organizations in
  affiliating with the NPPC; other organizations that have benefited
  from his involvement are the Texas Agricultural Council, which he
  chaired from 1984 to 1986, the National Pork Board, on whose Swine
  Health Committee he has served, and the United States Animal Health
  Association; and
         WHEREAS, Throughout his long and influential career in
  agriculture, Mr. Horton has helped to guide the evolution of Texas
  pork production from the diversified hog farms of the 1970s to the
  far more specialized industry of today; his efforts have also
  contributed crucially to the development of a number of popular and
  successful youth programs, such as the Texas Pork Leadership Camp
  and the Certified Texas Bred Registry program, and his continued
  commitment to student outreach has led to increased support for 4-H
  and FFA at both the secondary and collegiate levels; and
         WHEREAS, Ken Horton has dedicated his professional life to
  strengthening a vital economic pillar of the Lone Star State, and he
  may indeed reflect with great pride on his wide-ranging
  achievements; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 83rd Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby honor Ken Horton for his contributions to Texas agriculture
  and extend to him sincere best wishes for the future; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Mr. Horton as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  Senate and House of Representatives.