1-Giovana Lysel Benitez
Edinburg – Hidalgo County
Managing partner for MNR Cattle Company LLC/Jemar Ranch responsible for managing seedstock, feedlot operations/nutrition rations, pasture management, irrigation, and marketing/business plans.
2-Randall Lynn Carpenter
Earth – Lamb County
Regional Account Manager/Genetic Consultant & Sales for STgenetics in Texas and New Mexico. Past general manager for Full Circle Jerseys in Dalhart, Texas.
3-Christi Chadwell Short
Rochester – Haskell County
Southwest Regional Communications Manager for The Cotton Board; Partner in Short Farms producing peanuts, cotton, wheat, and beef cattle.
4-Matthew Lee Clifton
Lufkin – Angelina County
Branch Manager/Loan Officer for Heritage Land Bank, ACA in Lufkin financing part-time and full-time producers in forestry, poultry, beef cattle and greenhouses/horticulture.
5-Tyler William Cross
Corpus Christi – Nueces County
Assistant Gin Manager for Smith Gin Co-op in Odem assisting in overseeing the operation from producer relations to seasonal maintenance and production.
6-Andrew David Dusek
Bryan – Brazos County
Market Consultant for Southwest Agribusiness providing commodity marketing and risk management decisions for producers. Also, helps manage a family commercial cow/calf operation.
7-Carmen Michelle Fenton
Amarillo – Randall County
Director of Communications for Texas Cattle Feeders Association carries out all advocacy, marketing and internal/external efforts. In addition, helps manage a family commercial cow/calf operation.
8-Kate McDowell Fred
Shamrock – Wheeler County
Co-Owner of McDowell Ranch and Assistant Bookkeeper responsible for accounting, sales & marketing for all cattle and cotton. Also, operate a fencing supply business with Stay-Tuff Fencing supplies.
9-Lance Christopher Gilliland
Stephenville – Erath County
Business Lending Specialist with Members Trust of the Southwest Federal Credit Union specializing in agriculture and business lending/credit analysis for dairy, beef and crop producers.
10-Mary E. González
Clint – El Paso County
Texas State Representative serving for four terms, three of which were on the House Agriculture & Livestock Committee. She is actively engaged in rural and agricultural issues in West Texas.
11-James Brennen Johnson
Ropesville – Hockley County
Program Coordinator for Dairy MAX, Inc. informing dairy farmers about their checkoff dollars and owner/operator of Brennen Johnson Farm’s producing irrigated and dryland cotton.
12-Katy Nell Kemp
Brand Strategist for Cultivate Agency providing marketing strategies, communication plans and digital & social media for clientele. Co-owner of Kemp Angus Farm, LLC, a registered Black Angus operation.
13-Blair Nicole Krebs
College Station – Brazos County
Executive Director/Publisher for the Texas Pecan Growers Association and Pecan South Magazine, providing research, education, marketing and advocacy for the Texas Pecan Industry nationally/abroad.
14-John “Big John” Leifester
San Antonio – Bexar County
President/Owner of Dedicated Landscape Solutions a Commercial Landscape Construction Company specializing in installation of trees, ornamental shrubs, plants and turf grass with some landscape design.
15-Emily Marie Lochner
Waco – McLennan County
Editor, Brangus Publications, Inc; a self-employed contractor in writing and editing; fifth-generation beef and dairy cattle producer.
16-John Christopher Looney
Gainesville – Cooke County
Relationship Manager for CoBank, ACB providing financing to agricultural cooperatives & businesses, and food/beverage businesses. Also, participates in family’s cow/calf, stocker, wheat, and soybean operation.
17-Stephen Erik Loyd
Mertzon – Schleicher County
Ranch Manager for Case Ranch Herefords, a Registered Hereford Seedstock Operation providing purebred bulls to commercial and registered Hereford beef cattle producers in Texas and nationally.
18-Bryson Grant McCarty Littlefield – Lamb County
Co-Owner of McCarty Farms Partnership producing cotton, corn, wheat, sunflowers, sorghum, rye and stocker cattle and Double B Ag Supply, LLC supplying lubricants/ fuel/oil/filters and G-H Genetics seed.
19-Samuel M. Nesbitt
Wolfforth – Lubbock County
Vice President for American Bank of Commerce specializing in agriculture and business lending/credit analysis for cotton, grain sorghum, beef, and various crops.
20-Joseph Riordan Patranella
College Station – Brazos County
Assistant Vice President/Attorney for Capital Farm Credit, ACA, as an in-house attorney providing legal counsel for association loans. Co-owner, Patranella Land & Cattle, L.L.C., a commercial cow-calf operation.
21-Andrew Culton Polk
Fort Worth – Tarrant County
Loan Officer with Lone Star Ag Credit providing financing for livestock, row crops and land purchases and Ranch Manager for Polk Land & Cattle Company’s beef, timber, hay and wildlife operation.
22-Charles Philip Rutledge
Canadian – Lipscomb County
Owner and Ranch manager of T5 Ranch, a commercial beef cattle operation including custom grazing, hay production, wildlife management, marketing and sales.
23-Isaac Villalon Sulemana
Sullivan City – Hidalgo County
Chief of Staff for Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez supervising economic development and public policy. Also co-owns Sulemana Farms/EGN Land & Cattle producing show cattle, hay, corn and cotton.
24-Stefen Miles Tucker
Lubbock – Lubbock County
County Executive Director, USDA – Lynn County Farm Service Agency implementing the Farm Bill with producers. Co-owner of Tumble T Ranch & Vineyards, purebred Red Brangus and vineyards.
25-Travis Garrett Ward
Dallas – Denton County
Purchasing and Inventory Manager for OakStreet Wholesale Nursery sourcing landscape materials for wholesale customers and assisting family with a cow/calf operation in Throckmorton County.
26-Steven Ross White
Lubbock – Lubbock County Director of Cotton Services & Gin Accounting, Plains Cotton Cooperative Association overseeing inventory, invoicing, payroll, customer software programs and marketing options for our customerscacy, marketing and internal/external efforts. In addition, helps manage a family commercial cow/calf operation.