Kenneth Dierschke of San Angelo became president of Texas Farm Bureau in December 2002. He was elected to the TFB Board in December 1996, and became vice president in 2000. In January 2003, he was elected to the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors. Dierschke raises cotton, milo and wheat. He has served on the Tom Green County FB board since 1975, with one term as president and on TFB's Blue Ribbon Goals, Resolutions, and Cotton Advisory committees. Read more about President Dierschke.
State Director, District 6
David Stubblefield of Colorado City was elected to the TFB Board in December 2008. Stubblefield is a fourth generation cattle, cotton, wheat and sorghum producer. He served as Mitchell CFB president for 20 years, as well as holding leadership posts with Lone Star Ag Credit, the groundwater conservation board and the producers' cooperative gin.
State Director, District 12
Boening grows feed grains, cotton, watermelons and wheat, as well as operating a 450-cow dairy with his brother and father. He is a former winner of the TFB Outstanding YF&R Award and has held nearly every office on the Wilson CFB board.
Robert H. Gordon
State Director, District 1
Robert H. Gordon of Dalhart was elected to the TFB Board in December 2011. Gordon has farmed crops including corn, wheat and sorghum for 30 years and brought his two sons on as partners of the operation 10 years ago. He is president of the Corn Producers Association of Texas, a member of the Texas Corn Producers Board and has been vice president of the Dalhart Consumers Co-op. He also served as Dallam CFB president from 2009-2011.
Dan B. Smith
State Director, District 2
Dan B. Smith of Lockney is a fourth generation Floyd County farmer. A 1976 graduate of Texas Tech University, Smith is a past president of the Floyd CFB board. He is a past recipient of the Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher Award and has served on several state and local committees. Smith grows cotton, corn, grain sorghum and wheat across Floyd, Hale and Briscoe counties. He served as mayor of Lockney from 1987-1991 and was involved in several community organizations, including the local school board, Rotary Club and appraisal district.
State Director, District 3
Michael White of Vernon was elected to the TFB Board in December 2011. White raises wheat, cotton and cattle on his Wilbarger County operation. He is an active member of Wilbarger CFB, where he has served as director, secretary, vice president and president for many years. White also is a board member for the Wilbarger County Junior Livestock Show and is a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Vernon.
Ben F. Wible
State Director, District 4
Ben F. Wible of Sherman grows wheat, milo and hay, as well as raises cattle, on approximately 3,400 acres in Grayson County. He currently serves as president of Grayson CFB and is a past vice president of the local organization. Wible is a 1973 graduate of Midwestern State University. He and his wife, Monette, have two children, Ramona and Brian.
Dan E. Shelton
State Director, District 5
Dan E. Shelton of DeKalb was elected to the TFB Board in December 2007. Shelton's principal crops are Tifton 44 Bermuda hay and forage. He also raises registered Angus and Commercial replacement females and bulls. Shelton works alongside his sons and, together, they have helped maintain the farm on the original home place portion of their current operations, spanning more than 100 years. Shelton has served as president and vice president of the Bowie CFB and continues to serve on the county board.
State Director, District 7
Dave Edmiston was elected to the TFB Board in December 2009. He is a third generation rancher with a cow/calf, wildlife and hay operation near Brady. Edmiston served as president and vice president of McCulloch CFB. He serves as a board director for the Central Texas Taxpayers Association, past president of the McCulloch County Livestock Committee and a life member of the San Antonio Livestock Committee.
Neil F. Walter
State Director, District 8
Neil F. Walter of Oglesby farms cotton, corn and hay and has a cow/calf operation in Coryell County. He has served as president of Coryell CFB from 1993 to present and is a member of the Texas Farm Bureau Cotton Advisory Committee. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Abilene Christian University in 1973. Following a position with the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University, Walter went on to receive his master’s degree in agronomy from Iowa State in 1980. A fifth generation farmer, Walter began farming full-time following his degrees.
State Director, District 9
Albert Thompson of Martinsville was elected District 9 state director in October 2011 to complete the term of the late Jay V. Snook Jr. Previously, Thompson served three terms on the board from December 2001 to December 2007, including as secretary-treasurer from 2005-2006. He owns a cow/calf operation and raises timber near Nacogdoches. Thompson also has been an active leader in the Nacogdoches CFB, serving as president and vice president.
State Director, District 10
Ronnie Muennink grows milo and hay and raises cattle near Hondo. He is the current president of Medina CFB and has held other leadership positions within the county Farm Bureau, including vice president. Muennink is the recipient of the American Farmer award. In his community, he has served as treasurer for the local Methodist church. Muennink and his wife, Melody, have three sons, Lance, Frank and Cody.
Robert E. Reed
State Director, District 11
Robert E. (Bob) Reed of Bay City was elected to the TFB Board in December 2011. He served on the Board previously from 1999-2005. Reed raises rice, soybeans and milo on his farm in Matagorda County. An active member of Matagorda CFB, he has served as vice president, secretary, treasurer and president for the local organization. Reed also has served on the TFB Resolutions Committee and as chairman of the State Swine Advisory Committee. Reed was named "Father of the Year" by the Bay City FFA and was a TFB Young Farmer & Rancher district winner.
State Director, District 13
Dale Murden was elected to the TFB Board in December 2009. He and his family grow sugarcane, citrus, grains, vegetables and soybeans near his hometown of Monte Alto. Murden serves on the Hidalgo CFB, as well as chairman of the Rio Grande Valley Sugar Mill, Delta Lake Irrigation District , Texas Citrus Producers Board and the Hidalgo County AgriLife Program Committee. He also served as past chairman of the National Sorghum Producers and a trade advisory team member to the U.S. Grain Council.