February 28, 2020 – Businessman and agriculturist Marcus Hill, President of Ag Workers Insurance Company, remains one of the most successful and influential graduates of Sulphur Springs High School, due to his lifelong interest and involvement in 4H and FFA programs for youth. Although he is often in Ft Worth at his business headquarters, he continues to maintain family property in the Yantis area. One of the reasons for his success is that his early life was beneficially influenced by both 4H and FFA organizations.
Born in Sulphur Springs in 1947, Marcus began his leadership journey in 4H with membership in a local club at the age of 9 and served as Student Body President and as an FFA Officer in high school. After graduation, Marcus was elected as Texas State FFA President and traveled all over the state, speaking to high school students, ag science teachers, businesses and civic groups. During his year as president, he was able to meet and learn from great leaders, politicians and businessmen. He attended Texas A&M University and served as Student Senator, and was appointed by General Rudder to attend a National Convention at Vanderbilt University. He graduated Texas A&M in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education. While pursuing a Masters Degree in educational psychology, Marcus worked as a n insurance agent for National Farm Life Insurance. After graduation, he joined National Farm Life and it’s subsidiary, Agricultural Workers Auto Insurance Company full time, becoming President in 1988. Other business successes include forming Worth Casualty Company and Ag Pro Services.
Marcus is dedicated to giving back to the youth and the field of agriculture. He is an Honorary Vice President of the Ft. Worth Stock Show, and is on the Calf Scramble Committee. He is past President of the 4H Foundation Board and former member of the FFA Foundation Sponsor Board, a member of Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Advisory Board, former member of Youth Activities Committee at the State Fair of Texas, former advisory board for Tarrant County College of Business, member of College of Ag Dean’s Advisory Council at Tarleton State University, and a former member of Texas FFA Foundation.
You will often see Marcus at local stock shows and fairs supporting the youth with contributions or by purchasing their animals at the sale. He has bought many youths their first pair of Justin boots, and believes in raising grand champion kids! In addition to the contributions from Ag Workers, Mr. Hill frequently speaks at FFA events to pass along his knowledge and experience to the industry. Marcus is also a proud member of T.A.L.L., Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program.