About Us

Purpose

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. 

History
 



Officers
 
Chris Breedlove
Chairman 
Willacy Coop
Raymondville

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


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

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

 
 
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@tgfa.com



 
 
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@tgfa.com

 

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 Relatios.
 

 
 
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