McQueen honored among 2012 Outstanding Alumni at TAMU
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
Saturday night, Oct. 13, was a very special one for Houston County’s Horace McQueen. McQueen, a 1960 graduate of Texas A&M University and author of “Houston County Ag Today” in the Houston County Courier, as named with three others as Outstanding Alumni of the TAMU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. At an appreciation dinner honoring the 2012 Outstanding Alumni, supporters and scholarship recipients, a video outlining McQueen’s career was shown to the audience. He was known as the voice of agriculture in Texas for 36 years, the person Texans turned to for agriculture news each morning. He owned, produced and hosted the “Farm and Ranch News” television program in Lubbock (KLBK-TV), Big Spring (KWAB-TV) and Abilene (KTXS-TV) from 1964 to 1973, and in Tyler (KLTV-TV) and Lufkin (KTRE-TV) from 1973 to 2000. After earning a bachelor’s degree in agriculture journalism at TAMU, McQueen began his career at the “National FFA Magazine” in Alexandria, VA, the “Farm and Ranch Magazine” in Nashville and Dallas, and as an information specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service in Lubbock. He has worked with agricultural interests and studied programs in more than 50 countries that could benefit American farmers and ranchers. At the dinner, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recognized McQueen for his promotion of TAMU, the Research and Extension Center at Overton, county extension agents, 4-H and FFA. “His information on production practices and markets enhanced farm productivity, and he helped to make consumers aware of how and where their food was produced, long before the ‘eat locally’ movement became popular,” officials stated. McQueen’s previous honors include 1986 Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture and 1980 Farm Broadcaster of the Year. Additionally, he is a former member of the Build East Texas Executive Committee, former director of the Sabine River Authority, former director and chairman of the Heritage Land Bank (25 years) and a life member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He and his wife, Carole McQueen, donated funding to create the Carole and Horace McQueen ‘60 Endowed Scholarship for agricultural communications and journalism students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.