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Texas Leadership Program welcomes new cohort


Governor Dolph Briscoe Jr. Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership ProgramBIG, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Servicerecently welcomed 26 new cohorts at a reception held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Center on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station.

TALL is a two-year program and offers an intensive study of agriculture around the world, helping industry professionals to become leaders in their fields.

“The program invests 470 hours of intensive training per person through seminars, guest speakers, and domestic and international study tours over two years,” said Jim Mazurkiewicz, program director, Bryan-College Station. “Class time is equivalent to earning a master’s degree in agriculture.”

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Participants represent a cross section of professional interests, including traditional crop growers, ranchers, bankers and lawyers, as well as those working in the timber, food processing, agricultural companies and horticultural industries. Participants come from all geographic regions of Texas.

“Ninety-five percent of TALL graduates stay in agriculture after completing this program and 100% say this program has helped them find employment opportunities and take on leadership roles,” Mazurkiewicz said. .

Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership cohorts Mauricio Garcia of McAllen and Tillery Sims of Lubbock at the recent reception held at the AgriLife Center on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications and Marketing photo by Blair Fannin)

“I know you will change and help change people after you complete this program,” said Dan Hale, associate director for agriculture and natural resources, AgriLife Extension, at the reception. “We would also like to thank everyone who supports this excellent leadership program. »

TALL XVIII cohort:

  • Daniel Alders, Tyler, president of Drake Management Services LLC and co-owner of Alders Enterprises, which has timber and mineral interests. It also produces poultry, beef and wood.
  • Lance Barnett, Tuscola, Vice President of Commerce, Pyco Industries Inc., a cottonseed cooperative serving 60 member gins in the southern United States with two cottonseed factories.
  • Brandon Benton, Bishop, General Manager, South Texas Farm-King Ranch Inc., which operates cotton and sorghum farm production and an agricultural cotton gin.
  • Jayci Bishop, ext, director of corporate communications, Plains Cooperative Association and partner of A&J Bishop Farms LLC, which produces dryland and irrigated cotton.
  • Jennifer Bremer, Elgin, Executive Director, Texas Land and Mineral Owners Association, which provides services to agricultural producers through state-level policy development.
  • Jon Cluck, Ozona, Foreman, Cameron and Oliver Ranch Co. LLC, a sheep, goat and beef cattle production, marketing and management company. Cluck also maintains habitat for wildlife.
  • James Dangelmayr, Muenster, commodity futures broker, Producers Trading Co. and ranch manager for Dangelmayr Brothers Cattle, which provides producer risk management and produces beef, corn, wheat, sorghum, oats and hay.
  • Mauricio Garcia, McAllen, Merchant, Garcia Grain Trading, which operates grain elevators and markets cottonseed, edible beans, corn, sorghum, sesame, canola, sunflower, rice, soybeans, beef and lamb.
  • Robyn Lemon, College Station, Public Relations Specialist, Capital Farm Credit, who represents the company’s external/internal communications and provides relationship management and agribusiness development.
  • Reina Lewis, Lubbock, Regional Sales Manager, Central Life Sciences Lewis, who is responsible for overseeing and managing distribution accounts while pursuing new business with producers.
  • Mark Limon, Harlingen, relationship manager, Texas Farm Credit, which is responsible for providing loans and services to customers growing cotton, sorghum, spinach/scallions, sugarcane and citrus.
  • Thomas McNutt, Corsicana, Partner/Executive Vice President, Collins Street Bakery, which is the world’s largest producer of fruitcakes, sourcing food from around the world. McNutt is also a co-owner of Navarro Pecan Company.
  • Rhett Rabenaldt, Point, owner/COO, R&B Property Preservation LLC, which runs a full-time commercial spray operation, produces beef, poultry and hay, and a part-time tree nursery/timber harvest .
  • Tyler Randolph, Amarillo, Chief Loan Officer/Senior Vice President, First State Bank of Amarillo, which lends to customers growing corn, cotton, wheat, sorghum, alfalfa, canola, vegetables, beef and dairy products.
  • Jacyln Roberts, Tokio, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, who with her family grows cotton, corn, peanuts and watermelons.
  • Kodie Sageser, Kress, co-owner of Drew and Kodie Sageser Farms and Sageser Cattle, which produces corn, cotton, sorghum, wheat and silage and owns a starter yard for beef calves.
  • Courtney Schmidt, Victoria, Protein Sector Manager, Wells Fargo, co-owner of Double S Interests LLC, which provides risk analysis and research on industry, beef, corn and cotton production.
  • Tillery Sims, Lubbock, Owner, Sims Land Service, Owner/Operator, MACMark Consulting LLC, which provides business advice and development to companies entering the hemp-primary agriculture business.
  • Ryan Skrobarcyzyk, Round Rock, Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Texas Nursery and Landscape Association, which assists horticultural growers and landscape contractors with state and federal regulatory policies.
  • Andrew Sprague, Lubbock, member communications area manager, Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, and owner of Sprague Cattle Company, which produces beef cattle.
  • Addie Stone, Austin, Policy Specialist – Legislative Affairs and External Relations, Texas Department of Agriculture, who oversees legislative affairs and external relations for Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and the department.
  • Zane Thornton, La Vernia, owner/operator of Thornton Ranch and engineer at Baker Hughes, which produces beef and wildlife management in addition to serving the oil and gas industry.
  • Jake Troutt, Monteverde Court, Territory Manager, Neogen, which focuses on bovine genomics sales by helping breeders improve genetics through risk management and economic decision-making.
  • Trent Tyson, Canyon, senior vice president and branch manager, Plains Land Bank FLCA, which lends to customers growing corn, cotton, wheat, sorghum, alfalfa, canola, vegetables, beef and dairy products.
  • Darrell White, Armstrong, assistant regional manager, Norias-King Ranch Inc., which produces beef and manages forage resources.
  • Jessup Yeaman, Uvalde, Vice President and Branch Manager, Texas Farm Credit, which is responsible for providing loans and services to beef, cotton, grain and vegetable farming clients. It also produces beef and lamb.

Capital Farm Credit was the presenting sponsor of the event.

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