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2016 Gerald W. Thomas Outstanding Agriculturalist Awards

Outstanding Agriculturalists

Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources honored three standout leaders with the Gerald W. Thomas Outstanding Agriculturalist Award on Thursday (Nov. 10) during its 89th annual Pig Roast at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. The Pig Roast also celebrates scholarship donors, recipients and intercollegiate judging teams.

The annual outstanding agriculturalist awards recognize individuals for contributions to various areas of agriculture. This year’s recipients are Edwin Teeter for agricultural production; Gail Kring for agribusiness; and Randy Boman for public service.

  • Edwin Teeter – Agricultural Production. Teeter started farming in 1965. After a break to serve in the U.S. Army, he returned to farming some 1,300 acres of corn, cotton and wheat. While farming in Floyd County for more than 45 years, he has held numerous leadership positions and supported conservation programs. Honors for Teeter include ‘Citizen of the Year’ from the Lockney Chamber of Commerce (1988), and the ‘Blue Legacy Agriculture Award’ from the Texas Water Conservation Advisory Committee (2013). He received his bachelor’s degree in business from McMurray University. He is a member of the Floyd County Farm Bureau, Texas Young Farmers and Rancher Committee, Floyd County Fair Board, County Central Appraisal Board, and producer committee for the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation.
  • Gail Kring – Agribusiness. A long-time member of the West Texas cotton milling industry, Kring has played a pivotal role in this critical part of the agricultural industry. The Houston native served as president of PYCO Industries, starting in 2002 until retirement last year. In addition, he served as the Texas District Director of CoBank; advisor and vice president for the National Cotton Council; board member and president for the National Cottonseed Products Association; member of the industry advisory committee for the Texas Food and Fiber Commission; president of the Texas Agricultural Co-op Council; and president of the Texas Cottonseed Crushers Association. He is a member of the Lubbock Power and Light Utility Board; and Plains Capital Bank’s Advisory Board. Kring was named ‘Cooperator of the Year’ for the Texas Agricultural Co-op Council (2005). He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas Tech.
  • Randy Boman – Public Service. A native of Frederick, Oklahoma, Boman served 14 years as Extension Agronomist-Cotton at Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center in Lubbock, where he was initially hired as assistant professor, and later promoted to associate professor. In 2006, he was promoted to professor and extension agronomist. In 2011, he moved to Oklahoma State University, where he is currently a Research Director and Cotton Extension Program Leader. He was awarded the West Texas Chemicals Institute’s Special Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Agricultural Industry of West Texas (2011); ‘Specialist of the Year in Texas Agriculture’ from the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association (2008); and the ‘Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year Award’ (2006). He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agronomy, and doctorate in soil science from Oklahoma State University.

The outstanding agriculturalist awards, established in 1969, are named for Gerald W. Thomas, who served as dean of Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences from 1958 to 1970.