“Locally grown” doesn’t just apply to produce around here. Gustine native, Deidre Daniel, is one of Comanche County Farm Bureau’s newest agents and is excited about the opportunity to help farmers and ranchers in her home community. Deidre graduated Gustine high school in ’09 and went on to receive her BS in Animal Science from Texas Tech University. Definitely a fresh face in the office, she started helping out with secretarial work in August and signed her contract to be an agent on November 1st.
“I like helping people,” she stated, and, “I’m trying to meet as many members as I can.” One of her duties as a new agent has been making home visits to do reviews and talk to folks about their policies. Deidre mentioned that the hardest part is actually scheduling the visit because most people don’t realize Farm Bureau wants to take the time to get to know their policy holders…so if she gives you a call, set aside a moment to enjoy a glass of iced tea with her and talk insurance.
The farming and ranching way of life is near and dear to Deidre. One of the things that drew her to Farm Bureau is that it’s an, “insurance company inside an agricultural based organization.” While in high school,Deidre showed steers and registered Brahman cattle and dabbled in the rodeo circuit. Her family currently raises commercial beef cattle, but she would love to get back into Brahmans. If you’ve ever seen a cleaned up, velvety soft, floppy eared, wrinkly Brahman show steer or heifer, you’ll understand her affinity for the breed; they are the Basset Hounds of the cattle world.
When asked what her future plans with Farm Bureau entail, Deidre said she’s, “perfectly fine staying here and being an agent,” and,”would like to get more involved in the community.” As far as right now goes, she said she’s, “looking forward to it; hoping that everything goes well and I think it will be good once I get my foot in the door.”