RECIPIENT

Arvel Lee (A.L.) Black

Friona, Texas

A.L. Black was one of the original directors and developers of three feedlots that combined in the early 1960s to become Friona Industries, Inc., one of the largest feedlot operations in the world. With Black as a founding partner and chairman for over 20 years, Friona Industries developed into a large enterprise that included cattle feeding, meat processing, feed manufacturing, animal health supplies, feed mill construction, grain storage and trucking. He also tested and implemented new techniques for soil and water management and brought new pasture and field crops to West Texas.