Behind the Cover; New issue of AEC's The Agriculturist magazine available
By: Norman Martin
The Spring 2018 issue of Texas Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications award-winning magazine, The Agriculturist, is off the press and online. The 62-page, student-led magazine's cover story "The Long Walk: South Plains Farmers Advocate in Washington, D.C." by Emily Fouts focuses on James Wedel, who operates a 2,500-acre organic corn and cotton farm near Muleshoe, and has been involved in the Corn Producers Association of Texas since 1997.
Other features include a story on Tech graduates Tom, Dan, and Ben Griffin's efforts at conservation of land and heritage by Savanna Barksdale; a review of the Texas Peanut Producers Board's efforts to put together the "Peanut Butter for Texas" drive to benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey by Tori Perkins; a Madilyn Edwards profile of Christi Chadwell, who completed her bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural communications in addition to serving as one of Tech's Masked Riders; and an in-depth look at the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications' icon Mary Lou Flom, a 45-year staff veteran by Lloyd Russell.
In addition, there's a close look at the red dirt music scene in West Texas by Macy Michalewicz; a profile on Lubbock bronze sculpture artist Garland Weeks by Kelsi Christian; an update on where former The Agriculturist editors are now by Mary Beth Holm; the agritourism journey of James and Patti Simpson and their 30-acre At'l Do Corn Maze by Morgan Haynes; Vinicius Machado and Rafael Neves efforts to start a strong dairy program at Texas Tech by Olivia Thomas; the work of Young African Leaders Initiative, which identifies and empowers young African leaders who show the potential to make positive changes in society by Trey Roach; how 4-H served as the foundation of success and the compass of the future for two Tech alumna by Catelyn Felts; and profile of John Erickson and his cowdog curriculum by Hallie Hutto.
This year's editorial leadership team was directed by Savanna Barksdale, Editor; Emily Fouts, Associate Editor; Kelsi Christian, Associate Editor for Digital Content; and Syndi Lytle, Advertising Manager. Each semester, students enroll in 'ACOM 4310: Development of Agricultural Publications,' to produce the magazine from start to finish. The course, which was led by instructor Lindsay Kennedy, serves as a capstone where students can utilize the skills they fostered through their undergraduate coursework.
CONTACT: Scott Burris, Interim Chairman, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-8689 or firstname.lastname@example.org
0209NM18 / Editor's Note: For an online version of the Spring 2018 issue of The Agriculturist, click here
- Agricultural & Applied Economics
- Agricultural Education & Communications
- Animal & Food Sciences
- Landscape Architecture
- Natural Resources Management
- Plant & Soil Science
- Veterinary Science
Editor: Norman Martin
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