Thank you for your interest in my experience. It is my desire to ensure the success of the people and projects I serve.
I hope you will see from my resume that I have a unique ability to understand people and cultures. I enjoy serving as the connector who recognizes where needs intersect.My contract negotiation experience has honed my natural ability to understand the goals of those I serve, bringing about mutually beneficial conclusions. My intuitive people skills help to develop relationships that build healthy partnerships.
I enjoy working in a wide variety of industries. I have a curious mind that understands new ideas and concepts. I am a big-picture thinker who quickly assesses the needs of a project. I am not afraid to utilize unique ideas or bring in better-skilled individuals to ensure success.
I am at your service should you have a worthy project that I can promote with my passion and skills.
A versatile professional
Identifying NeedsProviding Solutions
Tillery Timmons Sims is the Director of Operations at the Sandhills Area Research Association (SARA), a non-profit organization that supports and advocates for farmers on the High Plains of Texas. Tillery serves SARA and its founder Lacy Cotter-Vardeman developing and implementing business and philanthropic ventures.
She also serves as a board member of the Texas Hemp Growers Association (THGA), a group that aims to leverage producer influence on the emerging hemp industry in Texas. Under her leadership as Executive Director THGA grew its reach internationally, serving as founding board members of the new Federation of International Hemp Organizations.
In 2023, Tillery and 2 colleagues created Agricultural Policy Solutions to provide marketing, policy, an advocacy, and business services to the ag sector.
Tillery is a 5th generation descendant of the pioneers who established Texas as a leader in agriculture, and she continues their legacy of adaptability and progress.
Tillery has deep roots in Terry County, Texas and currently lives in Lubbock, TX. She and her husband Doug managed a 2,000 acre farm before entering the energy industry. She serves as VP of Ag and Renewables for their company, Sims Lands Services.
Tillery is passionate about finding innovative and sustainable solutions for the challenges faced by farmers in the region. She is involved in research, education, and collaboration efforts with various stakeholders across the agricultural supply chain, including universities, conservation groups, and industry partners.
She is committed to fostering dialogue and knowledge exchange through SARA’s Ag Dialogues Conference, an annual event that brings together experts and practitioners to address shifts in the agricultural landscape and water depletion.
Tillery and Doug are amazed everyday that they have been blessed with 8 kids (who are the best humans God ever made) and the world’s most fabulous granddaughter.
Tillery is a member of the XVII Cohort of the prestigious Governor Dolph Briscoe Jr., Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership (TALL) program.
Sims Land Service — Energy Landman
APRIL 2017 - PRESENT | Lubbock, TX
Conduct research in parish and county courthouses to check coal, oil, gas, solar, wind, and estate information
Analyze and report on chains of title for client representatives
Liaise with landowners to secure access to property rights and facilitate company development on privately owned parcels
Texas Hemp Growers Association — Board Member
MARCH 2019 - PRESENT | Lubbock, TX
Direct a non-profit trade organization for an emerging new commodity
Strategize community outreach, PR, and marketing
Recruit and organize membership
Improved organizational processes and regulatory compliance
Develop international presence and full supply chain network
Lobby and consult for state, national, and international organizations and business
Grant and economic development coordination for processing
facilities to ensure best possible cost savings
Doug & Tillery Sims Farms — Owner
1992 - 2007 | Brownfield, TX
Cultivated peanuts, sesame, wheat, cotton, and more
Protected operational interests by inspecting crops to
determine maturity, detect diseases and isolate pests
February 2023 - present | Texas, colorado, Indiana
The APS team provides services that connect innovative agribusinesses and farmers to resources, research, and partners that accelerate opportunities to benefit rural economies.
Systems applications for emerging ag industries and crops
Sustainability strategies for businesses, farmers and ag product producers
Agricultural supply chain development
Policy recommendations and relationships
Assisting regulatory agencies to develop program and enforcement strategies
Direct and manage approvals of animal feed ingredient applications and GRAS notices
Animal feed applications
Food and feed supply chain development
Innovative animal feed ingredient solutions and expertise
Feed ingredient applications to the FDA-CVM
Development and acceptance of Generally Recognized as Safe notices for animal feed ingredients
Product development from soil to shelf
Grant research and support
Lobbying and network development
Small business development
Ag eco-systems education
NPO management services
Process creation and implementation
via high-level administration:
developed successful non-profit start-up from board selection to ongoing
strategy and oversight
Client support and mediation: negotiated with disgruntled land and mineral owners to reach lease agreements
Research and documentation: searched
historical records and utilized internet
information to develop title reports
from sovereignty to current ownership
Federal and State government
advocacy: developed educational
material for lobbying efforts that
helped develop key relationships
to improve policy
Ability to coordinate diverse
and multi-cultural stakeholders:
located qualified and trustworthy
stakeholders to develop state,
national, and international projects
Experience and network in Texas
agriculture, oil, government
Experience in emerging markets:
utilized experience and research
skills to validate opportunities
preventing unwise investments
Extensive event coordination and
execution: successful execution of
multiple conferences, large weddings,
educational classes and community-wide events
Working with regulations and
compliance: assisted in the development
of policy for state bills, serve business through completion of mandatory paperwork to receive government certifications
Coordinating efforts to create the Federation of International Hemp Organizations, a newly formed association made up of all the longstanding national hemp organizations
Developed and serving on the Hemp Feed Consortium, a lobbying group for hemp as animal feed made up of stakeholders from across the US
Developed the Texas Hemp Feed Task Force completed application and received state approval of hemp oil/cake in KY and TX
Planned and executed 2 Farmer Field Days - recruited experienced food and fiber hemp farmers along with stakeholders from multiply states to provide information and education to 250+ farmers and ag leaders
Raised funds for genetic research for Texas Tech University
Coordinated educational classes with Dr. Calvin Trostle, Texas A&M Agrilife for the Amarillo Farm Show 2019 and 2021
Lobbied state and federal officials on behalf of hemp food and fiber
Provided policy language for a state bill that would recognize hemp as a commodity and require the state to promulgate rules for feed for animals not intended for human consumption
Identified experienced farmers from across the US to develop a national farmer-led organization focused on developing best practices, policy, and potential checkoff or market order program
Serve on D37 Standards Committee for ASTM
Consultant on agronomics and farmer relations
Planning and speaking at state and national events
Lobbied the U.S. Senate Ag Committee, multiple federal and state legislators, NASDA, and USDA in meetings and conferences
Provided education to local and state officials
Networking and connecting end buyers for product development
Create and consult on promotional material
Consulting on marketing and promotion for the National Industrial Hemp Council of America
Coordinated broadcasting on All Ag All Day for the National Industrial Hemp Council Hemp Summit
Developing and consulting on strategy for biomass production for single-use plastics
Developed business plans for start-up or expanding organizations
Researched multiple agricultural and rural ecosystems for USDA grant, developed required documentation
Connect business to SBA, Small Business Development, and economic development services
Complete mandatory paperwork for government certification
Grant research and development projects - awards of over 5 million
Locating sites for community solar developments with an emphasis on rural areas and owners where they will be most beneficial