Larry Black of Roscoe was elected President of the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council (TACC) at the recent Joint Cooperative Meeting for the 2013-2014 year. Black is the general manager for the Central Rolling Plains Cooperative in Roscoe. Black started in the co-op industry in 1981 as a suction hand at Quanah Farmers Co-op located in northern Texas. He became manager at Quanah in 1987. In 2002, Black moved to Roscoe to manage Roscoe Co-op, which became Central Rolling Plains Co-op in 2007 following the merger of Roscoe and Inadale Co-ops, orchestrated by Black. The merger allowed the Central Rolling Plains Co-op to more than double the average of bales ginned resulting in a 5-year-average of 70,000 bales a year.
Black became involved with TACC once he became manager in Roscoe. TACC, an association whose members include cooperatives throughout the state of Texas, works to promote, support and advance the interests, understanding and viability of agricultural, utility and credit cooperatives and their members through legislative and regulatory efforts, education and public relations.
Black says he realized the benefits of TACC and what an asset the Council has been to not only him, but to cooperatives state-wide. “TACC maintains favorable tax and other legislative positions on behalf of cooperatives state-wide,” Black said. “It is imperative to be more involved in legislation due to the shrinking numbers in the agricultural industry.”
He and his wife Cynthia have two daughters, Alyssa, and husband Kade Betts of Olney and Madison Black of Sweetwater. Cynthia is a science teacher and instructional coach at Roscoe Collegiate High School. At this specialized school, in the past two years, more than 70% of their seniors have graduated with an associate degree two weeks before graduating high school.
Before being elected President of TACC, Black served as the Chairman of the Education and Member Services Committee. He will be joined by the other Council leaders including, Vice President, Rex Ford of Stamford; Secretary, Cris Gwinn of Corpus Christi; Immediate Past President, Gregg Allen of Olton; and Executive Vice President, Tommy Engelke of Austin. These officers were elected at the 2013 TACC Joint Cooperative Meeting in San Antonio at the Westin La Cantera Resort.
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