About Us


Texas Grain & Feed Association has more than 400 member firms that represent virtually every facet of the grain and feed industry.  From country elevators and retail feed stores to the export elevator and large integrated and commercial feed manufacturers, TGFA members are an integral part of the agriculture industry in Texas. The diverse membership strengthens our voice, which is represented in nearly every legislative district in Texas. TGFA provides an environment that promotes both social and professional interaction and fellowship, resulting in lifetime memberships and life long bonds. 


Chris Breedlove
Willacy Coop

John Long
First Vice Chairman 
W.H. Nigh & Company, Inc.

Jerry Stephenson
Second Vice Chairman
Westway Feed Products
Ben Boerner, CAE
Fort Worth

Jay Brent
Gavilon Grain, LLC
Scott Day
Attebury Grain
Ronnie Eckel
Lyssy & Eckel, Inc.
Everett Lowe
Producers Coop Association
Brian McCuistion
Planters Grain Coop
Blaine Rotramel
Friona Industries, L.P.
Scot Vidrine
Capital Farm Credit
Wiley Sides
Morton Salt Company
Chris Yaklin
Gulf Coast Cooperative

Texas Grain & Feed Association was founded as the Texas Grain Dealers Association in 1898, making TGFA the oldest trade association in Texas. When TGFA begun, Texas had been a state for only 45 years and there were few state or federal government regulations or agencies affecting grain and feed trade. When members of the Association bought or sold grain and feed ingredients, it was often in very large quantities and confirmed with an oral agreement. Simple terminology such as freight rates and storage costs varied widely, making buying and selling difficult and inefficient. Texas Grain & Feed Association began with the mission to create order, trust, credibility and integrity and 116 years later we continue to adapt to industry changes and unite our members to create a better industry.

Meet the Staff          

Ben Boerner
CAE, President

Ben joined TGFA in 1986 after receiving his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science and Nutrition from Texas A&M University. After a five year stint with Oil-Dri Corporation in Chicago, Ben, in 1993, became the fourth full-time TGFA exec since 1959. Ben is a member of the following organizations: American Society of Association Executives, Texas Society of Association Executives, Agricultural Association Executives Council, and the Grain, Elevator and Processing Society. 

Tara Artho
Director of Communications & PR


Tara is originally from the Texas Panhandle, growing up on a farm just outside of Wildorado. She graduated with a Radio, TV & Film degree from the University of North Texas in 2007. Following college she worked in production for a cluster of radio stations in Dallas, as well as working as a traffic anchor for several years. In September 2013 she joined TGFA as the Director of Communications & Public Relations.

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