Emerging Leaders Program

Want to learn more about Texas agribusiness? TGFA’s Emerging Leaders Program is designed to improve the leadership skills of Texas agribusiness men and women. We accomplish that through three broad primary objectives:

  • to increase member understanding and knowledge of Texas Grain & Feed Association’s mission, programs and services;
  • to increase member understanding of the state and federal legislative and regulatory process; and
  • to improve member understanding of Texas Agribusiness across the state.

This program has no age restrictions but is limited to a class of ten.

2017-18 Tour Schedule*

June 6-8, 2017 (optional)
Washington DC Fly-in
-hotel nights are not included in tuition


FORT WORTH - required
June 15, 2017 
Orientation at TGFA Office - Fort Worth
TX Whiskey Tour - Fort Worth
DFW Regional Dinner Event - Grand Prairie

June 16, 2017
Ardent Mills Tour - Fort Worth


July 13, 2017
United Ag - El Campo
Houston Area Regional Dinner


August 7, 2017
United Salt Mines - Carlsbad, NM


November 9, 2017
Port of Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi Regional Dinner

November 10, 2017
Port of Victoria: UnitedAg


January or February 2018
Austin Capitol Tour & Legislative Overview


April 18-20, 2018
120th Annual Meeting & Expo - San Antonio 
-hotel nights in San Antonio are not included in tuition fee 

*Schedule subject to change


The program runs from June – April and requires attendance at Orientation, the Annual Meeting and at least two other tours. Participants will be recognized at the Annual Meeting upon completion of the program. 

Tuition: $500 
Covers cost of evening meals and program incidentals. Thanks to our Big Deal Sponsors, tuition fee now includes hotel rooms and lunches during tours. An RSVP is required two weeks prior to visit to ensure a room accommodation.

Other Costs 
Participants are responsible for travel costs and Annual Meeting registration.

Should employment change during the course of the program, entitlement to the ELP slot will be at TGFA President discretion. No refunds are given for any reason.


Thank you to our sponsors!


Become an Emerging Leaders Sponsor to help us develop future leaders!

Thank you to our 2016-2017 Tour Hosts

  • BNSF
  • DC Fly-in with NGFA
  • Doguet Rice Mill & Dishman Rice Farm
  • Cargill
  • Westway Feed Products
  • Friona Industries Feedlot Operations 
  • White Energy Ethanol and ADM Shuttle Unloader
  • Animal Science Products
  • Texas Farm Products
  • Texas Department of Ag 
  • Darling Ingredients rendering plant 

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