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Lee County Farm Bureau Opens New Home

Pictured above are several people who were present at the Ribbon Cutting and Open House for the new Farm Bureau offices in Giddings. Left to right, they are Agent Buck Harris; Agent Norma Chalmers; Denise Harlan with the Giddings Chamber of Commerce; Agent Cindy Thorp; Richard Cortese, State Farm Bureau Director; Agency Manager Tami Hitt, Agent Renie Galvan; Lee-Bastrop County FB President Mike Organ; Agent Vern Surman; State VP Bobby Nedbalek; County Director Bob Rao, County Director Arlene Matlock; County Director Wilbert Noack; Bob Mutchink; Wayne Gallip; FB Fieldman Russell Real; FB State Field Operations Manager Jim Nance. Pictured above are several people who were present at the Ribbon Cutting and Open House for the new Farm Bureau offices in Giddings. Left to right, they are Agent Buck Harris; Agent Norma Chalmers; Denise Harlan with the Giddings Chamber of Commerce; Agent Cindy Thorp; Richard Cortese, State Farm Bureau Director; Agency Manager Tami Hitt, Agent Renie Galvan; Lee-Bastrop County FB President Mike Organ; Agent Vern Surman; State VP Bobby Nedbalek; County Director Bob Rao, County Director Arlene Matlock; County Director Wilbert Noack; Bob Mutchink; Wayne Gallip; FB Fieldman Russell Real; FB State Field Operations Manager Jim Nance. The Lee-Bastrop County Farm Bureau hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday afternoon opening their new offices in Giddings. The offices are located at the corner of Chambers and Hempstead Streets. The 2500 square foot building, which cost approximately $180,000 to complete, has the latest technology and computer equipment to allow Farm Bureau agents to provide full service to all Farm Bureau members. There is plenty of parking available to customers and access to the building is easy from Hempstead St. for members not wanting the challenge of US 290.

The ribbon cutting, and open house that followed, welcomed about 100 guests and members to the new facility. The building will hold four agents, including Agency Manager Tami Hitt, Cindy Thorp, Norma Chalmers and former Giddings Chamber of Commerce President Vern Surman.

The Lee-Bastrop County Farm Bureau serves approximately 1100 members from Lee County with an estimated total membership of 2500. One does not have to own land to be a member of the Farm Bureau. FB President, Mike Organ, said, “The Farm Bureau is the voice of agriculture for Texas and the Nation. There are over 150 different county Farm Bureaus in the state of Texas alone. It is a coalition of American farmers, ranchers and individuals who make sure we have a voice in Washington DC and in every state capitol.”

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