Tyler Fitzgerald was born on March 1st, 1985 to Steve and Patti Gaulding Fitzgerald of Winnie, Texas. Tyler is a third generation rice farmer, fourth generation cattle rancher, and currently serves as the County Extension Agent, Agriculture/Natural Resources, for Chambers County. He is a 2003 graduate from East Chambers High School and attended Texas A&M University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Leadership and Development in 2007. Tyler later received his Master’s Degree in Agriculture Education with an emphasis in Extension Education through Tarleton State University. Tyler is married to Corena Williams Fitzgerald and has two young daughters Rylee who is 8 and Jenna who is 3.
From an early age, Tyler developed a fond love for agriculture in Chambers County by working on his family’s farm. He remembers riding around with his dad checking the rice fields, shoveling levees, sleeping in combines, and learning how to work the land. At a very young age, Tyler started driving tractors and herding cattle on horseback. He is currently farming his own rice, raising cattle and passing down these traditions to both his daughters.
In 2007, Tyler started his career as a County Extension Agent in Chambers County. Tyler has organized countless meetings, supports Chambers County 4-H programs, and provides educational programs for our farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers. Tyler serves as the Chambers County Animal Issues Coordinator in which he organizes disaster relief plans. Hurricane Ike started his career in emergency management and disaster relief.
During Hurricane Ike and Harvey, Tyler, his Texas A&M AgriLife Extension staff, his Animal Issues Committee and numerous others were able to bring much needed help to the Gulf Coast Region, and the storm-ravaged producers.
Tyler has provided many years of service to his community and has won numerous awards for his efforts including the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, Texas Association Agriculture Award, and the National Association Agriculture Award. Tyler can be found serving the youth during livestock shows, helping with the education tent at the Texas Rice Festival, or driving a combine for the Texas Rice Festival Parade. Tyler is a member of the Texas 4-H Agents Association, Independent Cattlemen’s Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Coastal Cattlemans Association and American Rice Growers.
Honorees are chosen by the The Texas Rice Festival Nominating Committee.