“What TALL Means to Me”

“TALL is an excellent way to build leaders of tomorrow while safeguarding traditions of the past. TALL IX is full of true ladies and gentlemen who will help build and mold agriculture for future generations.”

Richard De Los Santos
Austin, Texas
State Coordinator for Horticulture and
Forestry Marketing for the Texas Department of Agriculture


“The TALL Program has not only afforded leaders in their respective fields the opportunity to learn and grow, but even become better leaders through the sharing of ideas and perspectives on agricultural and non-agricultural topics. The TALL program also allows one to build a tremendous network of business associates and lifelong friends not only in Texas, but in the United States and abroad.”

Dr. Mike Fanning
Mansfield, Texas
Executive Vice President of AgriLogic, Inc.,
agricultural risk management consultant.

“TALL is a roller coaster journey of growth and transformation. It is also an edcuational, social, and at times spiritual revelation that brings a new perspective on the world-wide industry of Agriculture, and it ensures the future of Agriculture by cultivating and uniting our leaders of tomorrow.”

Kody King
Comfort, Texas
District Manager of Purina Mills and partner with Spike-S Ranch
in Mertzon, a commercial cattle operation.

“Through TALL, I have learned that the future of agriculture lies within each of us. If we embrace diversity, accept challenges and allow our minds to move beyond traditional boundaries, we can truly accomplish our goals.”

Rachel Myers
Claude, Texas
Executive Assistant of the Texas Wheat Producers Board
and a partner in McInnis Cattle Company and Myers Cattle,
producers of registered and commercial cattle, hay and wheat.

“TALL is a program which lets participants see and experience agricultural practices outside their everyday environment. The networking and learning opportunities are second to none. TALL participants take more than the knowledge they gain home with them-they take lifelong friendships and business relationships.”

Eric Opiela
Karnes City, Texas
Attorney and partner of Rancho Grande Trust and a producer of commercial cattle.

“TALL is a program that is so much more than learning about agriculture issues, it is learning about leadership. It has made me realize that there are not many “born leaders” and that through practice and observation leaders can be developed. TALL has provided me a foundation to build on for future leadership opportunities.”

Trey Teaff
Quitman, Texas
Chief Financial Officer of Wood County
Electric Cooperative.

“TALL is a remarkable program. It has enabled me to see and experience many different aspects of agriculture, make a wide variety of agricultural and political contacts and develop new friendships. It has taught me that there is a leader in all of us and we owe it to the community and agriculture to get involved.”

Cord Willms
District Sales Manager
Delta & Pine Land Company
Corpus Christi, Texas


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