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Advisory Committee

The Director of the Texas AgriLife Research has established a Feed & Fertilizer Advisory Committee which acts as an advisory and consultative group on policy concerning general program issues, finances, long range plans, statutory changes and establishment of rules and regulations by the Feed and Fertilizer Control Service and Agricultural Analytical Services, as such applies to the public served and affected through the administration and enforcement of the Texas Agriculture Code (1981), Chapter 141 - Commercial Feed and Chapter 63 - Commercial Fertilizer, as well as the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 61 - Feed Rules, Chapter 63 - Pet Food Rules and Chapter 65 - Fertilizer Rules.

Meetings of the Advisory Committee are called as often as necessary, but not less than once each year. These meetings provide an opportunity for the Director and State Chemist to present information concerning the full range of regulatory and service activities, to answer questions concerning the programs and to receive suggestions from the committee relating to improvements in the administration of the laws.

Organizations, associations and individuals will participate at the invitation of the Director. Invited members will serve for four years.

The following individuals have been selected to serve on the Advisory Committee
(Updated: April 21, 2017):

Advisory Committee

Ben Weinheimer, Chair
Texas Cattle Feeders Association
5501 I-40 West
Amarillo, TX 79106

John Fritts, Vice-Chair
Gorman Milling Co., Inc.
P.O. Box 276
Gorman, TX 76454

Daniel Berglund
Texas Corn Producers Board
588 Crescent Lane
Wharton, TX 77488

Josh Birdwell
Texas Sorghum Producers
2806 State Hwy 171
Malone, TX 76660

Mike Compton
Texas Farm Products Co.
915 South Fredonia Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75963

Suzy Davis
Brownfield Farmers Coop
P.O. Box 388
Brownfield, TX 79316

Kimberly Destefani
Petco Animal Supplies, Inc.
654 Richland Hills Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78245

Jimmy Fehner
Fehner & Son Grain Co.
1922 CR 197
Gonzales, TX 78629

Justin Gough
El Dorado Chemical
1309 Ridge Road, Suite 315
Rockwall, TX 75087

James Hopkins
Agrium U.S. Inc.
1005 Canyon Parkway
Canyon, TX 79015

Brian Lehrmann
Ropes Farmers Coop.
PO Box 187
Ropesville, TX 79358

Horace Luensmann
Producers Coop. Marketing Assoc.
210 S. Castell
New Braunfels, TX 78131

Bill Messer
604 West 14th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Paul Mostyn
Westway Feed Products
14015 Park Drive, Suite 217
Tomball, TX 77377

Jake Pieniazek
Holmes Foods, Inc.
2170 FM 108 South
Gonzales, TX 78629

Bob Reed
Texas Farm Bureau
2630 CR 222
Bay City, TX 77414

David Volleman
Texas Association of Dairymen
600 CR 252
Comanche, TX 76442

Ad hoc Members

Donnie Dippel
Texas Ag Industries Assoc.
726 Camp Lone Star Road
La Grange, TX 78945

Joe Cox
Assistant Vice Chancellor for External Affairs
Texas A&M AgriLife
720 E Blackland Road
Temple, TX 76502-9622