Darren Turley, Texas Association of Dairymen executive director, has been elected chairman of the Texas Agriculture Council (TAC), a coalition of 70 Texas agricultural organizations.
“Educating Texas lawmakers about agriculture will be more important than ever during the 2013 legislative session,” Turley told the Stephenville Empire-Tribune. “A large majority of those who set and influence public policy in Texas do not understand how food gets from the farm to the fork. We must show them that Texas agriculture, which currently is facing some tough challenges, not only helps feed the state and the world, but is also an important contributor to local economies.”

TAC’s mission is to promote discussion of political, legislative and regulatory issues that affect Texas agriculture.

Turley has been executive director of the Texas Association of Dairymen since December 2010. He is a graduate of Dublin High School and received a bachelor of business administration from Tarleton State University in 1990.