Texas Tech Honors Three Leaders as Outstanding Agriculturalists
November 8, 2010
Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will honor
three South Plains residents with outstanding agriculturalist awards on Tuesday (Nov.
9) during its annual Pig Roast at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall.
The Pig Roast also features scholarship donors, recipients and intercollegiate judging
The annual outstanding agriculturalist awards recognize individuals for contributions
to various areas of Texas agriculture. This year’s recipients are Wallace Darneille
of Lubbock for agribusiness, Barry Evans
of Kress for agricultural production, and Tim Lust
of Abernathy for public service.
Darneille, a Lubbock resident, is the president and CEO of Lubbock’s Plains Cotton
Cooperative Association (PCCA), one of the nation’s largest originators of U.S. cotton.
Over the years he has been a leader in the creation of CASNR’s new Larry Combest Endowed
Chair in Agricultural Competitiveness. He serves as president of Cotton Council International,
and is the immediate past chairman of the National Council of Textile Organizations
in Washington, D.C. Darneille worked for three decades in the international cotton
trade with Weil Brothers-Cotton before joining PCCA in 2004.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s of business
administration degree from Auburn University. Last year he was named by Auburn University
as one of the “Top 40 at 40,” which honors the 40 top graduates for the 40-year history
of Auburn University’s Montgomery campus. In the past he’s served as president of
the Texas Cotton Association, a member of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives’
Executive Committee and an American Cotton Shippers Association board member.
Barry Evans, a Swisher County producer, leads the family-owned business Evans Grain
in Kress and Hale Center, in addition to no-till and limited-tillage sorghum and cotton
farming operations in the area. He’s a past president of Plains Cotton Growers (PCG)
and has been a member of the group’s board of directors since 1995. PCG has been instrumental
in funding Texas Tech’s government internship program, which has helped more than
65 students serve as interns in congressional and legislative offices in Washington,
D.C. and Austin.
In addition, PCG was critical to the establishment of the Larry Combest Endowed Chair
in Agricultural Competitiveness, an endowment established to provide high quality
research that addresses the long-term viability and economic prosperity of agricultural
production and agribusiness. Evans received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural
business and economics from West Texas A&M University. He serves on the National Cotton
Council’s Environmental Task Force and was named as an Ag Distinguished Alumnus from
West Texas A&M University in 2008.
Tim Lust, a Lazbuddie native, is the CEO of the National Sorghum Producers and the
United Sorghum Checkoff Program, two organizations dedicated to increasing profitability
for more than 30,000 sorghum growers nationwide. Lust works directly on legislative
and regulatory issues that impact the sorghum industry for the organization and represents
the U.S. sorghum industry at events throughout the nation and world. His work in the
legislative arena has resulted in increased sorghum price elections for farmers, equalized
loan rates for sorghum, and inclusion of sorghum as an advanced biofuel in the 2007
He received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Angelo State University and
a master’s of business administration degree from Texas Tech. He’s a past member of
the USDA Agriculture Trade Advisory Committee and a former board member for the USDA
Sorghum Crop Germplasm Committee. In addition, Lust, who lives in Abernathy, has served
on Texas Tech’s Center for Industry Research and Education board of directors and
the Sorghum Improvement Conference of North America board of directors.
The Outstanding Agriculturalist awards, established in 1969, are named for Gerald
W. Thomas, who served as dean of Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences from
1958 to 1970.
CONTACT: Memory Bennett, coordinator of alumni relations, Tech University College
of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources,
(806)742-2802 or email@example.com