Editor, Kaitlin Spraberry
Associate Editor, Kelsi Hancock
Graphics Manager, MarLee Sargent
Advertising Manager, Jaclyn Roberts


BACK ROW (left to right): Robert Jones, Stephanie Smith, Colby Jennings, Angela Knicker, Lindsey Beedy, Chelsey Ahrens, MarLee Sargent, Dr. David Doerfert. MIDDLE ROW: Shelby McCollum, Jaclyn Roberts, Kendra Holloway, Tressa Lawrence, Amy Kress, Katy Jo McCasland. FRONT ROW: Kelsi Hancock, Kaitlin Spraberry, Ainsley Rayfield

Kaitlin Spaberry

A Note From the Editor

Capstone, progress, inspire. From January to May, these words echoed repeatedly throughout the classroom as the pieces of the newest edition of The Agriculturalist came together. As a group of students nearing the end of our undergraduate college careers, we were to compile all of the skills we have learned as agricultural communicators so far to deliver a quality publication to you, our readers. With this collection of stories, I believe we have done just that.

On behalf of the entire staff, I would like to say a big thank you to each individual who shared a personal expereince for a story, and to our advertisers who's contributions are the driving force behind this magazine. Thank you to our incredible instructors, Dr. Doerfert, Chelsey Ahrens, and Robert Jones, for your guidance throughout the semester. We could not have done it without you! To my classmates, thank you for putting forth your best work and making this such an enjoyable semester. It has been a privilege to work with each of you. It is our hope that this publication will be an experience. Learn of the innovative new developments in a thriving industry; join us in honoring the traditions set by those Red Raiders who have come before us; and see for yourself the evolving education system here at Texas Tech University.

I hope you will enjoy the Fall 2013 edition of The Agriculturalist. May the journey inspire you.



All staff photos provided by Savant Photography.