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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: September 27, 2017):


Advisory Committee


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

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

Tucker Allcorn
Marshall Minerals
P.O. Box 1626
Marshall, TX 75670

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

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

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

John Griffin
Crop Production Services
3492 Long Prairie Road, Suite 200
Flower Mound, TX 75022

Shawn Griffin
Darling Ingredients Inc.
264 FM 2336
Bastrop, TX 78602

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

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

Everett Lowe
Producers Cooperative Association
PO Box 1112
Bryan, TX 77806

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

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



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