The San Antonio Livestock Exposition (S.A.L.E.) received the prestigious Friend of Texas A&M Agriculture Award Nov. 14 at the organization's board of directors meeting.
The award was established in 1994 to recognize the efforts of individuals and organizations that have provided exceptional service or support to the Texas A&M Agriculture Program.
Only eight awards have been conferred to date. Recipients have included former S.A.L.E. board chair Mary Nan West, Congressman Kika de la Garza and the Texas Veterinary Medicine Association.
S.A.L.E. will be recognized for financial support and leadership provided to numerous Texas Agricultural Extension Service programs in the San Antonio area, for support in producing an economic impact publication which recognizes San Antonio's $8 billion agribusiness industry, and for its scholarship support efforts.
S.A.L.E.'s scholarship efforts include the Harry and Joe Freeman--SALE Endowed Chair in Animal Science, which supports undergraduate and graduate teaching efforts, youth development and continuing education programs in the beef industry. Similarly, the SALE, Inc. Scholarship Fund supports students seeking an agricultural degree. A majority of these students attend universities within the A&M System.
To date, the San Antonio Livestock Exposition has contributed more than $4.5 million to Texas A&M University and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Dr. Edward Hiler, vice chancellor for agriculture and life sciences at A&M, praised S.A.L.E. for joining the Extension Service in establishing the Leadership Extension Program, which is serving as a model for other states developing similar programs.
"S.A.L.E. has touched the lives of many through its scholarships, grants, and partnership programs with the A&M System," said Hiler, "effectively serving as ambassadors for Texas agriculture.
"We thank the organization for joining us in serving to make a difference in the lives of Texans and the world. The San Antonio Livestock Exposition is truly a special friend--"A Friend" not only to the Agriculture Program and the A&M System--but also to the citizens of Texas."
Dr. Jim Butler, deputy vice chancellor for the Texas A&M Agriculture Program, is scheduled to present the award.