Ranchers Robert and Carol Mills were recognized on Tuesday for their service to the county and and agriculture at the  56th annual Henderson County Farm and Ranch Tour luncheon, at the Texan Theater.

“The 2019 Joe B. Fulgham Agriculturalist of the Year is a dynamic duo,” said Julie Moore, who announced the winner. “They have left their imprint on the agricultural community not only locally, but internationally.”

They have served on numerous Henderson County livestock and agricultural boards and are lifetime committee members of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Go Texan Scholarships for youth.

Their Bradford cattle have taken many honors. They have been breeders of the show bull of the year and twice breeders of the heifer of he year.

“Their Bradford cattle have been national champions more than any ranch in the show ring,” Moore said.

In addition, Robert has served as a breed superintendent at the East Texas State

“This is quite and honor, because some of these gentlemen who have won this in the past are people I look up to and have for years,” Robert Mills said.

Carol Mills said she was humbled by the honor.

“We've leaved a blessed life that God has blessed us with, living in the country and living in agriculture,” Carol Mills said. “It's the best life ever.”

The award was presented by 2018 winner Jimmy Mitchell.

The 2019 tour stops were southeast of Athens. Although rain threatened throughout the morning, the heavy showers held off until the final stop.

Pixley Farm, a property with a large variety of animal species and a 27 acre lake was first on the itinerary. Next was Caddo Creek Ranch a cattle operation that also focuses on timber management and wildlife management. The final stop was the Forester Brothers Cattle Company which runs more than 1,500 grown head of cattle, plus 2,000 to 5,000 feeders depending on the time of year.

David Bickerstaff, president of the Henderson County Master Gardener Association, was the event speaker.

The first Joe B. Fulgham Agriculturist of the Year Award was presented in 1989 to Wendell Tackett, one of the organizers of the Farm and Ranch Tour when it began in 1964. Recipients are chosen for their contributions to the agricultural industry, leadership and accomplishments in the field.

The 2018 Henderson County agriculturalist of the year was Jimmy Mitchell.