Smith County horticulture agent receives statewide recognition

Published on Thursday, 25 May 2017 11:31 - Written by CASEY MURPHY, Special to the Tyler Morning Telegraph

Smith County Horticulture Agent Greg Grant received the statewide Lone Star Land Steward Award for his life’s work on his family farm.

Grant, who became the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Smith County Extension agent in horticulture in October, was honored with the award given by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation during a banquet in Austin on May 18.

He was one of seven award recipients representing six ecologically diverse regions of the state. Started in 1996 by the TPWD Private Lands Advisory Committee, the Lone Star Land Steward Awards recognize the important role private landowners play in the future of Texas’ natural resources by honoring them for their accomplishments in habitat management and wildlife conservation.

“It was humbling and inspiring,” Grant said of receiving the honor. “It is very much a labor of love.”

Grant lives on what was once his great-great-grandparent’s 50-acre farm in Arcadia, in Shelby County, where he restores parcels of native habitat for the benefit of wildlife and the education of others.

Grant was born in Tyler and raised in Longview. He earned a bachelor’s degree in floriculture and a master’s degree in horticulture from Texas A&M University.