GiSC Board of Directors

Dewey Hukill

Dewey Hukill, President of the GiSC Board, has a lifetime of agriculture in his blood. He has spent 51 years with his hands in the dirt raising everything from cotton to canna bulbs.  He started farming in 1961 and in 1967 he returned to his hometown of Olton, Texas and struck out to establish his own farming operation.  He farmed in Lamb and Hale counties of Texas and raised many different crops in his farming operation including corn, cotton, wheat, and cattle. Dewey is an innovator in every right and in 1985, along with partner Royce McFadden, formed Agri-Gold, Inc. dba Pride of the Plains Bulb Farm.  This partnership spent the next couple of decades raising Iris, Canna, and the Day Lily for markets all over the world. Dewey has shown proven leadership for agriculture as he served on the Board of Directors of the Olton Grain Cooperative, the Olton Stock Show Board, and the Lamb County Farm Bureau.  He spent 2006 to 2012 serving on the State Board of Directors for Texas Farm Bureau, and the last 3 of those years he was the Vice-President of Texas Farm Bureau.  He also served during that time on the Board of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance. Dewey currently serves on the Texas FFA Foundation Board, the Lamb County Appraisal District Board, and the Runningwater Draw Care Center Board.

Roric Paulman

Roric Paulman is an innovative grower who has implemented technology solutions to better manage his resources and provide visibility to the many factors that contribute to the success of his operation. Since 1985 Roric has been a full-time grower, operating a 6,500 acre farm in southwestern Nebraska near Sutherland where he and his family produce corn, popcorn, sugar beets and dry beans. Roric is a a leader in his community, the state of Nebraska, and the agricultural industry. Roric currently serves as President of the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance. He also ran for the Nebraska State Senate in 2014, losing the election by 300 votes out of the 10,000 votes cast in the race. Roric was also one of three finalist for the 2015 Top Producer of the Year – representing the best in the farming business.

Ricky Yantis

Ricky Yantis is a diligent advocate for agriculture.  He and his wife Gena started a farming operation that is centered in Lamb County and has now operated for 29 years. They each represent 4 generations of cotton and grain farming on the plains of Texas. His operation also includes some acres that are rain fed or non-irrigated.  The irrigation entails both center pivot sprinklers and drip irrigation systems. Ricky has raised cotton in no-till as well as conventional tillage methods in West Texas. Ricky is a great record keeper and has documented many of his production practices in ways that lead to further analysis by his chemical dealer/agronomist as well as his financial partners.  This detailed method of operating his financial analysis and tracking production practices led to be his being honored early in his career as Texas Farm Bureau Outstanding Farmer and Rancher. Ricky is actively involved in leadership. He has served as a Texas Delegate to the American Farm Bureau annual meeting, on the Lamb County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, the Texas Farm Bureau Cotton Advisory Committee, the Lamb County AgriLife Extension Executive Advisory Committee, and in his community on the Administrative Council of the First United Methodist Church of Amherst, Texas.

Bryan Baker

Bryan Baker is a West Texas native, attending Texas Tech University where he acquired a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics in 1996. He then returned home to begin a career as a farmer, raising cotton, grain sorghum, and soybeans. Bryan farms both rain-fed and irrigated land. He has managed a successful farming practice for over 20 years. Bryan is a board member for the Farmer’s Cooperative Association of Sudan, and he has traveled with the board to many different locations to attend conferences along with observing the different farming practices used throughout the nation. This experience in the agriculture sector has provided Bryan with a firm foundation of knowledge of the benefits and hardships of farming in different parts of the country. By becoming a board member of the Grower Information Services Cooperative, he has chosen to stand with others to voice his concerns and provide a realistic and practical answer for farmers across the nation.  He believes that the grower owns his information and that he has every right to utilize and benefit from its varying uses in the economy.

Brent Coker

Brent Coker grew up just outside of Springlake, Texas, working on the family farm after school, on the weekends and the summers, throughout high school and college. He attended Texas Tech University and graduated in 1996 from the Business College with a degree in Business Management and Marketing.  Upon graduation Brent spent the next 11 years working in various areas of the property & casualty insurance market but ended up focusing most of his time and attention on the commercial insurance markets. In 2011, Brent made the decision to leave the insurance business and return the family farm.  His father was approaching retirement age and Brent saw a great opportunity to continue the family business. Brent now works the same land his Dad did for most of his life and farms in Castro and Lamb County where he raises corn, cotton, grain sorghum, wheat and a few forage crops. Brent brings a unique aspect to the GiSC board. He has seen the benefits of standard information flow in that industry and knows the tremendous benefits, efficient information flow can have to the American Farmer.

Richard Brownd

Richard (Dickie) Brownd resides in Earth, Texas. Dickie attended South Plains College, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Agribusiness. Dickie has been a farmer for thirty-three years and has grown corn, grain sorghum, cotton, and wheat. He is currently a board member of the Springlake-Earth Cotton Grower Cooperative. Dickie sets as co-chair of the First United Methodist Church Finance Committee and an active member of the local Lions Club. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Earth Volunteer Fire Department and board member on the Springlake-Earth Junior Livestock Show Board, both of which he served for over 20 years.   Dickie is a committed supporter of the agricultural community.  Due to this fact, he is a board member of the Grower Information Services Cooperative.  Dickie understands the importance of data in agriculture.

GiSC Board of Directors

Dewey Hukill

Dewey Hukill, President of the GiSC Board, has a lifetime of agriculture in his blood. He has spent 51 years with his hands in the dirt raising everything from cotton to canna bulbs.  He started farming in 1961 and in 1967 he returned to his hometown of Olton, Texas and struck out to establish his own farming operation.  He farmed in Lamb and Hale counties of Texas and raised many different crops in his farming operation including corn, cotton, wheat, and cattle. Dewey is an innovator in every right and in 1985, along with partner Royce McFadden, formed Agri-Gold, Inc. dba Pride of the Plains Bulb Farm.  This partnership spent the next couple of decades raising Iris, Canna, and the Day Lily for markets all over the world. Dewey has shown proven leadership for agriculture as he served on the Board of Directors of the Olton Grain Cooperative, the Olton Stock Show Board, and the Lamb County Farm Bureau.  He spent 2006 to 2012 serving on the State Board of Directors for Texas Farm Bureau, and the last 3 of those years he was the Vice-President of Texas Farm Bureau.  He also served during that time on the Board of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance. Dewey currently serves on the Texas FFA Foundation Board, the Lamb County Appraisal District Board, and the Runningwater Draw Care Center Board.

Roric Paulman

Roric Paulman is an innovative grower who has implemented technology solutions to better manage his resources and provide visibility to the many factors that contribute to the success of his operation. Since 1985 Roric has been a full-time grower, operating a 6,500 acre farm in southwestern Nebraska near Sutherland where he and his family produce corn, popcorn, sugar beets and dry beans. Roric is a a leader in his community, the state of Nebraska, and the agricultural industry. Roric currently serves as President of the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance. He also ran for the Nebraska State Senate in 2014, losing the election by 300 votes out of the 10,000 votes cast in the race. Roric was also one of three finalist for the 2015 Top Producer of the Year – representing the best in the farming business.

Ricky Yantis

Ricky Yantis is a diligent advocate for agriculture.  He and his wife Gena started a farming operation that is centered in Lamb County and has now operated for 29 years. They each represent 4 generations of cotton and grain farming on the plains of Texas. His operation also includes some acres that are rain fed or non-irrigated.  The irrigation entails both center pivot sprinklers and drip irrigation systems. Ricky has raised cotton in no-till as well as conventional tillage methods in West Texas. Ricky is a great record keeper and has documented many of his production practices in ways that lead to further analysis by his chemical dealer/agronomist as well as his financial partners.  This detailed method of operating his financial analysis and tracking production practices led to be his being honored early in his career as Texas Farm Bureau Outstanding Farmer and Rancher. Ricky is actively involved in leadership. He has served as a Texas Delegate to the American Farm Bureau annual meeting, on the Lamb County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, the Texas Farm Bureau Cotton Advisory Committee, the Lamb County AgriLife Extension Executive Advisory Committee, and in his community on the Administrative Council of the First United Methodist Church of Amherst, Texas.

Bryan Baker

Bryan Baker is a West Texas native, attending Texas Tech University where he acquired a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics in 1996. He then returned home to begin a career as a farmer, raising cotton, grain sorghum, and soybeans. Bryan farms both rain-fed and irrigated land. He has managed a successful farming practice for over 20 years. Bryan is a board member for the Farmer’s Cooperative Association of Sudan, and he has traveled with the board to many different locations to attend conferences along with observing the different farming practices used throughout the nation. This experience in the agriculture sector has provided Bryan with a firm foundation of knowledge of the benefits and hardships of farming in different parts of the country. By becoming a board member of the Grower Information Services Cooperative, he has chosen to stand with others to voice his concerns and provide a realistic and practical answer for farmers across the nation.  He believes that the grower owns his information and that he has every right to utilize and benefit from its varying uses in the economy.

Brent Coker

Brent Coker grew up just outside of Springlake, Texas, working on the family farm after school, on the weekends and the summers, throughout high school and college. He attended Texas Tech University and graduated in 1996 from the Business College with a degree in Business Management and Marketing.  Upon graduation Brent spent the next 11 years working in various areas of the property & casualty insurance market but ended up focusing most of his time and attention on the commercial insurance markets. In 2011, Brent made the decision to leave the insurance business and return the family farm.  His father was approaching retirement age and Brent saw a great opportunity to continue the family business. Brent now works the same land his Dad did for most of his life and farms in Castro and Lamb County where he raises corn, cotton, grain sorghum, wheat and a few forage crops. Brent brings a unique aspect to the GiSC board. He has seen the benefits of standard information flow in that industry and knows the tremendous benefits, efficient information flow can have to the American Farmer.

Richard Brownd

Richard (Dickie) Brownd resides in Earth, Texas. Dickie attended South Plains College, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Agribusiness. Dickie has been a farmer for thirty-three years and has grown corn, grain sorghum, cotton, and wheat. He is currently a board member of the Springlake-Earth Cotton Grower Cooperative. Dickie sets as co-chair of the First United Methodist Church Finance Committee and an active member of the local Lions Club. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Earth Volunteer Fire Department and board member on the Springlake-Earth Junior Livestock Show Board, both of which he served for over 20 years.   Dickie is a committed supporter of the agricultural community.  Due to this fact, he is a board member of the Grower Information Services Cooperative.  Dickie understands the importance of data in agriculture.

GiSC Board of Directors

Dewey Hukill

Dewey Hukill, President of the GiSC Board, has a lifetime of agriculture in his blood. He has spent 51 years with his hands in the dirt raising everything from cotton to canna bulbs. He started farming in 1961 and in 1967 he returned to his hometown of Olton, Texas and struck out to establish his own farming operation. He farmed in Lamb and Hale counties of Texas and raised many different crops in his farming operation including corn, cotton, wheat, and cattle. Dewey is an innovator in every right and in 1985, along with partner Royce McFadden, formed Agri-Gold, Inc. dba Pride of the Plains Bulb Farm. This partnership spent the next couple of decades raising Iris, Canna, and the Day Lily for markets all over the world. Dewey has shown proven leadership for agriculture as he served on the Board of Directors of the Olton Grain Cooperative, the Olton Stock Show Board, and the Lamb County Farm Bureau. He spent 2006 to 2012 serving on the State Board of Directors for Texas Farm Bureau, and the last 3 of those years he was the Vice-President of Texas Farm Bureau. He also served during that time on the Board of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance. Dewey currently serves on the Texas FFA Foundation Board, the Lamb County Appraisal District Board, and the Runningwater Draw Care Center Board.

Roric Paulman

Roric Paulman is an innovative grower who has implemented technology solutions to better manage his resources and provide visibility to the many factors that contribute to the success of his operation. Since 1985 Roric has been a full-time grower, operating a 6,500 acre farm in southwestern Nebraska near Sutherland where he and his family produce corn, popcorn, sugar beets and dry beans. Roric is a a leader in his community, the state of Nebraska, and the agricultural industry. Roric currently serves as President of the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance. He also ran for the Nebraska State Senate in 2014, losing the election by 300 votes out of the 10,000 votes cast in the race. Roric was also one of three finalist for the 2015 Top Producer of the Year – representing the best in the farming business.

Ricky Yantis

Ricky Yantis is a diligent advocate for agriculture. He and his wife Gena started a farming operation that is centered in Lamb County and has now operated for 29 years. They each represent 4 generations of cotton and grain farming on the plains of Texas. His operation also includes some acres that are rain fed or non-irrigated. The irrigation entails both center pivot sprinklers and drip irrigation systems. Ricky has raised cotton in no-till as well as conventional tillage methods in West Texas. Ricky is a great record keeper and has documented many of his production practices in ways that lead to further analysis by his chemical dealer/agronomist as well as his financial partners. This detailed method of operating his financial analysis and tracking production practices led to be his being honored early in his career as Texas Farm Bureau Outstanding Farmer and Rancher. Ricky is actively involved in leadership. He has served as a Texas Delegate to the American Farm Bureau annual meeting, on the Lamb County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, the Texas Farm Bureau Cotton Advisory Committee, the Lamb County AgriLife Extension Executive Advisory Committee, and in his community on the Administrative Council of the First United Methodist Church of Amherst, Texas.

Bryan Baker

Bryan Baker is a West Texas native, attending Texas Tech University where he acquired a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics in 1996. He then returned home to begin a career as a farmer, raising cotton, grain sorghum, and soybeans. Bryan farms both rain-fed and irrigated land. He has managed a successful farming practice for over 20 years. Bryan is a board member for the Farmer’s Cooperative Association of Sudan, and he has traveled with the board to many different locations to attend conferences along with observing the different farming practices used throughout the nation. This experience in the agriculture sector has provided Bryan with a firm foundation of knowledge of the benefits and hardships of farming in different parts of the country. By becoming a board member of the Grower Information Services Cooperative, he has chosen to stand with others to voice his concerns and provide a realistic and practical answer for farmers across the nation. He believes that the grower owns his information and that he has every right to utilize and benefit from its varying uses in the economy.

Brent Coker

Brent Coker grew up just outside of Springlake, Texas, working on the family farm after school, on the weekends and the summers, throughout high school and college. He attended Texas Tech University and graduated in 1996 from the Business College with a degree in Business Management and Marketing. Upon graduation Brent spent the next 11 years working in various areas of the property & casualty insurance market but ended up focusing most of his time and attention on the commercial insurance markets. In 2011, Brent made the decision to leave the insurance business and return the family farm. His father was approaching retirement age and Brent saw a great opportunity to continue the family business. Brent now works the same land his Dad did for most of his life and farms in Castro and Lamb County where he raises corn, cotton, grain sorghum, wheat and a few forage crops. Brent brings a unique aspect to the GiSC board. He has seen the benefits of standard information flow in that industry and knows the tremendous benefits, efficient information flow can have to the American Farmer.

Richard Brownd

Richard (Dickie) Brownd resides in Earth, Texas. Dickie attended South Plains College, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Agribusiness. Dickie has been a farmer for thirty-three years and has grown corn, grain sorghum, cotton, and wheat. He is currently a board member of the Springlake-Earth Cotton Grower Cooperative. Dickie sets as co-chair of the First United Methodist Church Finance Committee and an active member of the local Lions Club. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Earth Volunteer Fire Department and board member on the Springlake-Earth Junior Livestock Show Board, both of which he served for over 20 years. Dickie is a committed supporter of the agricultural community. Due to this fact, he is a board member of the Grower Information Services Cooperative. Dickie understands the importance of data in agriculture.