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Fall 2013 Vol. 14, No. 1

News and Viewpoints from The Depar tment of Agricultural Economics a t Te x a s A & M U n i v e r s i t y

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Contents A g E c o m m e n t , C . P a r r R o s s o n , I I I .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Ty r u s R . T i m m A w a r d s .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 W h o ’ s i n t h e N e w s .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 S p r i n g R e c e p t i o n .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Ta i l g a t e ! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 E n d o w e d F u n d f o r E x c e l l e n c e .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

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The Many Ways to Give Back New endowment and scholarship set the foundation for Excellence

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ifts to the Department have always paved the path towards Excellence. Scholarships attract the best and brightest students, elevating the academic atmosphere; endowments for faculty and Extension personnel help attract the caliber of people who further the Department’s core mission. Two recent and significant gifts are no exception. Although the history for the two gifts couldn’t be more different, the two gifts illustrate a truth about giving: there are many ways to give back. One gift has been in the making for almost 20 years. The Association of Agricultural Production Executives (a group of alumni from The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers) has given $500,000 to establish a new endowment to support an extension specialist. TEPAP, a program administered by the Department and created by Professor and Extension Specialist Danny Klinefelter, is a midcareer management course for commercial farmers. In a gesture to recognize Klinefelter’s leadership of the program (and his stepping down after the next program session in January), AAPEX voted to use its membership dues dating back to 18 years to fund the endowment. The graduates of TEPAP, some 1,700 participants, represent 1,500 of the 2.2 million farms in the United States. The 1,500 operations represent 8.8 percent of total U.S. agricultural output — a significant portion of (continued on p. 8)

Click on the image below to view videos of Danny Klinefelter discussing TEPAP, AAPEX, and the endowment.

The rings of a tree that record annual growth remind us how a seed, or in this case, a scholarship or endowment, can develop into something much more.


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Strength in numbers Howdy, and welcome to the Department of Agricultural Economics. This is my inaugural edition of AgEconnection, and I want to express my C. Parr Rosson, III gratitude to our facDepartment Head ulty, staff and students for their support. The year has flown by and we are making great strides toward continued excellence in our Teaching, Research and Extension programs. Many of our awards, promotions and other activities are highlighted in this issue. A special congratulations goes to our six new Tyrus R. Timm inductees. Our overall enrollment this fall is up 10 percent compared to last fall. We have 579 undergraduate majors in the Department, with 225 in the Agricultural Economics degree program and 354 in Agribusiness. This represents an increase of about 15 percent since last fall. There are another 37 students in the Mays Business School who are enrolled in the Agribusiness degree program. The graduate program has 131 enrolled, several fewer than last fall. We have 68 Ph.D students, with six of those in the Agribusiness and Managerial Economics program. We also have 30 Masters of Science students and 32 Masters of Agribusiness students. This fall we will review our curriculum, looking to align our programs with the Texas A&M AgriLife grand challenges of growing our economy, feeding our world, enriching our youth, protecting our environment and improving our health. These represent important goals we will be pursuing in the future and will influence our strategic direction and program priorities. We will host three tailgates prior to Aggie home football games, beginning September 14. Please see p. 7 for details. We will also have tailgates on October 26 and November 9. I want to extend a personal invitation to our former students to visit us in the new building and become engaged in our efforts to pursue excellence in all we do. If you are ever on campus, please feel free to contact me at (979) 845-2116 / prosson@tamu.edu. 2 AgEconnection

Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry

of Former Students

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The honor registry is named after Tyrus R. Timm (pictured at right), who led the department from 1953 until 1973 during its rise to national prominence in teaching, research, and extension. The inductees below represent the highest standards of integrity and character as recognized by their peers, and they have distinguished themselves by reaching a significant level of accomplishment in their chosen fields. Robert M. Bobbitt William E. Corrigan Robert H. Goodwin Michael J. Martin Casey M. Oldham Gerald A. Sullivan

Global Catering & Event Planning CEO of Goddard Investment Company Co-Owner-Oldham Goodwin Group Entrepreneur Co-Owner-Oldham Goodwin Group Owner of Westport Marine Terminal

Names of all the honorees, since the original induction date of 1997, criteria for selection, and method of nomination are listed in the website below. Links to video interviews of several of the inductees are also available by clicking the following link: tyrustimmregistry.org

Inductees (Left to right from top ) Robert M. Bobbitt William E. Corrigan Robert H. Goodwin Michael J. Martin Casey M. Oldham Gerald A. Sullivan


who’s in the news Awards & Recognitions Danny Klinefelter, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, was recently named to two distinguished groups of influential agricultural leaders by Top Producer magazine editors. Klinefelter, also a professor in the department of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University, was part of Top Producer’s “Brave Thinkers: 30 Leaders Who Made a Difference” and its “7 Economists, Bankers Who Challenged the Status Quo.” “The 30 brave thinkers we have chosen have all left big footprints on production agriculture,” according to the editors. “As a group, they represent the diversity of U.S. agriculture and hail from companies, universities and the world of politics.” (See the story about Klinefelter in this issue on page 1.)

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David Bessler, Regents Professor, received the 2013 SAEA Lifetime Achievement Award and was recognized as one of Top 15 Commodity-Friendly Professors Worldwide by Commodityhg.com.

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Richard Woodward, received the 2013 SAEA Teaching of a Course Award. He also will be receiving the 2013 COALS Dean’s Outstanding Award for Teaching – Educational Enrichment and Innovation and the 2013 COALS Dean’s Outstanding Award for Research as an Interdisciplinary Research Team.

Ofczarzak Retires Spring 2013

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Toni Merchant received the department’s Staff Exceptional Service Award. Toni’s dedication, diligence and mastery of her responsibilities are recognized and appreciated by her co-workers, students and faculty. Some of the comments from nominators were: dependable, efficient, and unfailingly punctual; great customer service; exceptional work ethic, the master mechanic, excellent communicator; consummate professional and as close to irreplaceable as one can be. Toni’s contributions to the Business Office and the Department are greatly appreciated and thank you for your unselfish dedication to the service of others.

On April 30, 2013, Bridget Ofczarak retired from the department after 19 years. She worked with Danny Klinefelter since 1996, helping him coordinate The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP) and The Association of Agricultural Production Executives (AAPEX). At the end of June, she returned to the department on a part-time contract basis to help Klinefelter through his last year of running TEPAP before the program director’s position is transferred to Mark Welch. As always, Bridget remains full-time employed with a multitude of projects and gardening work, in addition to four grandchildren, the oldest of which is 4. Thanks for all your contributions, Bridget.

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who’s in the news New Hires Tiffany Dowell has joined the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service as an assistant professor and agricultural law specialist. Dowell previously was an associate attorney with a law firm in Albuquerque, N.M. She received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law and Bachelor of Science degree in agribusiness from Oklahoma State University. Dowell has started an agricultural law blog at http://agrilife.org/texasaglaw/ that provides regular updates on various topics and weekly recaps on legal issues in the news. She will also provide traditional educational programming through workshops and conferences conducted by the agency statewide.

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Levi Russell, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist (Economist-Management) was born and raised in southeast Kansas. He earned a B.S. in Finance and a Ph.D in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University. His research interests include agricultural finance, farm management, efficiency analysis, and cooperative management. Levi, his wife Lana, and their son Dominic reside in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Promotions

Please be sure to keep your email address current with the Department so that we can continue to deliver the latest Department news and contact you about special events such as the Tailgate on September 14. See page 7 for more information.

Robert Hogan was recently promoted to Associate Professor and Extension Economist-Management. Hogan received his Ph.D from Oklahoma State University (Agricultural Economics) in 2003. He has been with the Department since November 2007 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, District 6 in Fort Stockton, recently relocating to Uvalde. As District Extension Economist for Far West Texas (made up of 23 counties), Hogan’s responsibilities include hogan creation and continuation of curriculum and educational programs which focus on current and developing issues in rural entrepreneurship, including farm and ranch management; natural resource allocation and management; marketing of agricultural end products; and agricultural policy. These activities include providing educational programs and technical assistance on issues of concern to Far West Texas producers of forage, hay, onions, chile peppers, cotton, sheep, goats, and beef cattle. Marco Palma was recently promoted to Associate Professor and Extension Economist. Palma received his Ph.D from the University of Florida in 2005. Palma’s responsibilities involve statewide leadership and coordination for extension educational programs and applied research in horticultural marketing by providing technical expertise and educational program development for industry audiences, such as producers, packers, and shippers, wholesale and retail trade. Horticultural products include fruits and vegetables, floriculture products, nursery/greenhouse products, citrus, and tree nuts.

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Retiring Faculty & Extension

Promotions (continued) Steven Klose was recently promoted to Professor and Extension Economist. Klose received his Ph.D from Texas A&M University in 2001, and has been with the Department since 1993. Klose is Program Coordinator of the FARM Assistance program, responsible for directing program staff and program delivery. In addition to leadership and supervisory responsibilities, he is also the lead specialist for model development, database management, and analyst training. The FARM Assistance program is a concentrated, highly intensified extension effort initiated by the Texas Legislature to assist agricultural producers with strategic planning and risk management. The program provides specific strategic analyses to individual producers in Texas, assisting the farm/ ranch manager with long-range planning and decision analysis. Victoria Salin was recently promoted to Professor in Food and Agribusiness Marketing and Management. She has also been appointed as Chair of the Intercollegiate Faculty of Agribusiness and Director of the Master of Agribusiness. Victoria Salin received her Ph.D. (Agricultural Economics) from Purdue University in 1996, with specialties in agribusiness finance and international trade. Salin joined the faculty in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University in August 1996. She teaches managerial economics and financial management in the Agribusiness programs, and also teaches land economics in the Master of Real Estate program. Salin conducts research with the Agribusiness, Food, & Consumer Economics Research Center, leading projects relating to food safety, value chain analysis, financial markets, and strategic management. She also oversees the finances of the Center. Mark Welch was recently promoted to Associate Professor and Extension Economist. Welch received his Ph.D (Agricultural Economics) from Texas Tech University in 2006. Welch joined the faculty in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University in June 2007. Welch’s job as Grain Marketing Economist for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service is to develop and communicate quality, relevant, research-based knowledge to the stakeholders in the Texas grain industry. These stakeholders include grain producers, users, merchants, and resource providers. Overall responsibilities involve planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating curricula, extension education programs, and applied research related to grain marketing and risk management.

We thank you for your service and wish you well!

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Retirees

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Greg Clary retired March 31, 2013. Clary received his Ph.D (Agricultural Economics) from Texas A&M University in 1982. He has been with the Department since December 1987 at the AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton and served as Chairman of the Texas Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. Clary was primarily responsible for continuing education and leadership in rural entrepreneurship and economic development, in business capitalization, and in rural business management. Larry Falconer retired August 31, 2012. Falconer received his Ph.D (Agricultural Economics) from Texas A&M University in 1992. He has been with the Department since 1989. From 1989 to 1992 he was a Research and Extension Associate at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and Texas Agricultural Extension Service in College Station. From 1992 until retirement he served District 11, Texas AgriLife Extension Service at Corpus Christi in Extension Economist Management, overseeing the eighteen county area of the Coastal Bend district. Mike Haby retired August 31, 2012. Haby received his Masters in Marine Resources Management from Texas A&M University in 1982. He has been with the Department since 1982 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center and Sea Grant College Program in Corpus Christi. Haby’s position addressed statewide, regional, and national information and education needs of the seafood production, utilization, and marketing sectors.

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Spring luncheon and awards The 2013 Seniors Award Luncheon was held on April 27, 2013 at La Rivera Restaurant in Bryan. The following students received the Senior Merit Award. Justin Benavidez, Deanna Bosse, Brandy Dangelmayr, Lonna Dorman, Whitney Hinze, Stephanie Mazurkiewicz and Hannah Weaver. Brandy Dangelmayr received Tyrus R. Timm Graduating Five the of our students who received the Senior Senior Award. Whitney Hinze received the J. Wheeler Barger Outstanding Senior Award. Merit Award at the COALS Convocation Saturday. Justin Benavidez, Deanna Bosse, Brandy Dangelmayr, Lonna Dorman and Whitney Hinze are to be congratulated on receiving the highest student award provided by the College.

Five of these same students also received the Senior Merit Award at the COALS Convocation Saturday. Justin Benavidez, Deanna Bosse, Brandy Dangelmayr, Lonna Dorman and Whitney Hinze are to be congratulated on receiving the highest student award provided by the College.

(Left to right from top, individual photos) Justin Benavidez, Deanna Bosse, Brandy Dangelmayr, Lonna Dorman, Whitney Hinze, Stephanie Mazurkiewicz, and Hannah Weaver

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In addition, Justin Benavidez received special recognition for being the first student to graduate in the AGEC Honors Program.


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Tailgate: September 14, 2013 11:00 a.m. - End of Game, 2:30 p.m. Kickoff Food and Drinks Provided RSVP by Sept. 10, 2013

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(continued from p. 1) U.S. agriculture. It is numbers such as these that led Top Producer magazine to list TEPAP and Klinefelter as one of the “25 Greatest Influences on Agriculture.” TEPAP is unique in that it is not commodity-focused, but rather teaches strategic management, which Klinefelter defines as “anticipating, adapting to, driving, and capitalizing on change.” “The pace by which you have to continually improve is not set by your comfort zone but the leading edge of your competition,” he says. These are the same lessons that Klinefelter hopes future Extension specialists will continue to preach to their constituents. Whereas existing Department endowments are teaching or research-oriented, Klinefelter says this is a much-needed focus on the business side. “The U.S. has the best farm business management in the world, and I want to see us maintain that advantage.” Klinefelter hopes the endowment encourages Texas A&M AgriLife Extension to maintain a focus on strategic management in commercial agriculture as well as on fee based in-depth Extension programs that cut across state boundaries, such as TEPAP. The endowment will be used as discretionary funds by the specialist selected to be honored with the endowment for travel, continuing education, support for start-up of new program efforts, and assistance in the form of a graduate student or student worker, he says. Klinefelter hopes the gift is the first wave of support for fundraising for Extension. “I’m hoping another graduate from the program will step up and continue what this gift has started.”

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reed L. Ford III always had an eye on the restaurant business. Even while in school and on his way to his degree from the Department in 1975, he was waiting tables and bartending in College Station. Soon after his graduation he was working with the management team of the first ever Chili’s Grill and Bar. From there he worked his way up with Brinker’s International, with stops as director of operations in 1980, senior vice president in 1984, and eventually becoming chief operating officer and director from 1995 to 1997. As COO, he oversaw all operations at Brinker and was responsible for all of its restaurant concepts. In 1997, Ford formed the Ford Restaurant Group with his wife, Lynn, and he co-founded Fired Up Inc. Today, the Ford Restaurant Group supports franchised Chili’s Grill and Bar, Rudy’s Texas Bar BQ, Ozona Grill and Bar, Kona Steak House and Elite Circle Grille, while Fired Up is the parent company for Carino’s Country Italian. Ford says that success comes with responsibility. “When you graduate . . . your number one priority is to take care of your family, get a career, and obviously make money and establish your goals that you talked about to yourself that you wanted to accomplish in life. But I think in many cases, you have a lot to give back to the University and give back to the College.” With that in mind, Ford and his wife have given $25,000 to establish the Lynn and Creed Ford III ’75 Endowed Scholarship. Distributions from this endowment will be used to provide one or more scholarships to full-time students in good standing who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in the Department.

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The scholarship will give students with aspirations like Ford had when he was a student, an opportunity at similar success. “Agricultural Economics is a very well-rounded career. It gives people so many opportunities to look at many different facets of the food industry and agribusiness in general. This one degree, I’m very fortunate I got it, because I wasn’t narrowed into one particular area of business. In my restaurant career I could always know about production as I knew about the retail end of the restaurant industry,” Ford says. “It’s a great program, and I encourage everybody to continue their involvement with the University and their colleagues and friends that they’ve met year after year, and I think you’ll have a very rewarding and successful career and life.” These two recent gifts are only two of the many gifts the Department is grateful for receiving in the past few years. See below for a list of other scholarships that are making the attainment of Excellence possible.

Study Abroad Scholarship Awards Summer 2012 To The Present Summer 2012 Justin Benavidez Christopher Broadway Anneliese Barnes William Carey Kaleigh Coleman Daniel DeJong Elizabeth DeJong Cathy Dwyer Michael Edwards Allison Grainger Meredith Larson Jennifer Potter Kyle Smith Bethany Tolson

Summer 2013 Lesli Garrett Allison Grainger Maryana Braun Emily Ruby Justin Strother Jacob Dike Rylee Hobbs Julia Lancaster

Raun Fall Kick-Off Book Scholarships - 2013 Joshua Damm Ryan Kornegay Julia Lancaster Andrew Bolen Williams Roberts Other Scholarships from 2012–2013 Agricultural Economics Former Faculty Endowed Scholarship Michael Nepveux Ryan Smoes Berry ’89 & Jennifer ’92 Summerour Endowed Scholarship in Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Christopher Knight Dr. William E. Black Scholarship in Agricultural Economics Teyler Heitman

C. E. Bowles Memorial Scholarship Dillon Garr Lesli Garrett Teyler Heitman Capital Farm Credit Scholarship Deanna Bosse Whitney Hinze Jake Riley Chad Hunter Johnson ’86 Opportunity Scholarship Melany Eckhardt


Other Scholarships from 2012–2013 COADC Texas Extension Education Scholarship Julie Clark Bradley Gorden CoBank Ryan Hubbert Caleb Boardman Dr. Ernest E. “Ernie” Davis ’71 Endowed Opportunity Award Scholarship Stuart Hogue Friends of Tommie Stuart Scholarship Joyce Ramirez Devyn Rodgers J.C. Grady Scholarship Ryan Fortenberry Grahmann Teyler Heitman Jimmie M. ’61 & Katherine P. Hoyt Endowed Scholarship Leighton James Konnie Kelso John W. Siebert COALS Endowed Scholarship Dillon Garr Mason Parish Lane & Phyllis Keller ’80/’80 Scholarship or Overlake Foundation Scholarship DeWitt Kilgore Morgann Zimmer Louis “Doss” ’39 and Mimi Buntin Endowed Scholarship Justin Benavidez Payton Price Hannah Weaver Margaret and Lt. Col. Louis C. Draper ’42 Scholarship in Agricultural Economics Lonna Dorman Meredith Larson Marion “Dookie” Pugh ’41 Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Agricultural Economics Joseph Bassett Christian Davey Logan Cline Marsha Pyle Martin ’70 Memorial Endowed Scholarship KaRonna Bass Douglas Junkins Bakshish Reshminder Singh

Plum Agribusiness Scholarship William Carey Brandy Dangelmayr Ryan Fortenberry Joyce Ramirez Producers Grain Corporation Educational Trust Fund/ Zerle Carpenter Cooperative Endowed Scholarship Laura Brainard Dalton Ervin Lesli Garrett Stephanie Mazurkiewicz Stephen C. Helbing, Sr. ’48 Endowed Scholarship in Agricultural Economics John Weeks Texas Bankers Ryan Hubbert The McCaffrey Scholarship Karley Kosub Triangle Companies Scholarship Hannah Weaver Verlin & Howard Kruse Class of ’52 Endowed Scholarship in Agricultural Economics Cory Nagelberg Mason Parish Matthew Williamson Cathy and Ralph Ward, Jr. ’73 Edith Orozco William N. Lehrer Agribusiness Scholarship Deanna Bosse Whitney Hinze Stephanie Riddle Jake Riley Ashley Tegeler Billie H. and Jimmie R. Holder ’53 Scholarship James Alders Betty S. Raun Endowed Scholarship Ashley Tegeler J Wheeler Barger Memorial Award for Outstanding Senior Student Jake Riley Brandy Dangelmayr

AGEC 425 awards from Spring 2012

Awarded for Summer 2012 Troy ’89 and Kelli Thompson and Chevron Texas AgFinance, Robstown, TX, And Jimmy Wright ’72 and Mark Miller ’87 The AGEC 425 Spring 2011 Class - Rural Entrepreneur Spring 2011 AGEC 425 Survivors Scholarships Joshua Hill Awarded for Fall 2012 Troy ’89 and Kelli Thompson and Chevron for entrepreneurial talents Troy ’89 and Kelli Thompson and Chevron for artistic and communicative talents Cody Mobley Awarded for Fall 2012 Gary and Connie Decker of Edward Jones Texas AgFinance, Robstown, TX, And Jimmy Wright ’72 and Mark Miller ’87 Christopher Raun Awarded for Fall 2012 Rural Entrepreneur Spring 2010 AGEC 425 Survivors Scholarships Theresa Kotzur Awarded for Fall 2012 Rural Entrepreneur Spring 2010 AGEC 425 Survivors Scholarships Morrell Munyon Awarded for Fall 2012 Rural Entrepreneurship Professional Engagement Whitney Zaccaria AGEC 425 awards from Spring 2013 Troy ’89 and Kelli Thompson and Chevron Texas AgFinance, Robstown, TX, & Mark Miller ’87 class performance pre-April 30 Texas AgFinance, Robstown, TX, & Mark Miller ’87 oral presentations on May 1 James McGrann & IRM-SPA highest AGEC 424 grades last Fall. Class of ’74 Rural Entrepreneurship Professional Engagement Jeff Rutland ’05 & Texas Farm Bureau - Rural Entrepreneur ‘Most Entrepreneurial Project’ Bill Corrigan ’01, Mrs. Ann Corrigan, and The CorriganGoddard Foundation - Rural Entrepreneur ‘Best Overall Communication Skills’ KaRonna Bass

Troy ’89 and Kelli Thompson and Chevron 1st place Troy ’89 and Kelli Thompson and Chevron O/S artistic Allen W. Sturdivant - Rural Entrepreneur Ambition Class of ’74 Rural Entrepreneurship Professional Engagement Christopher Charles Broadway AGEC 425 Spring 2010 Class Class of ’74 Rural Entrepreneurship Professional Engagement Charles Scott Burford Lance Waggoner ’92 and Micro Title in Corsicana - Rural Entrepreneur Communication best responses to the expert panels’ questions AGEC 425 Spring 2011 Class Class of ’74 Rural Entrepreneurship Professional Engagement John Preston Clopton Texas AgFinance, Robstown, TX, & Mark Miller ’87 oral presentations on May 1 Lance Waggoner ’92 and Micro Title in Corsicana - Rural Entrepreneur Communication outstanding, most visually appealing presentation slides Jerry Witte ’87 - Rural Entrepreneur Visionary Brian DiIorio Texas AgFinance, Robstown, TX, & Mark Miller ’87 class performance pre-April 30 Karl Willmann - Rural Entrepreneur Commitment to Project Melany Terese Eckhardt AGEC 425 Spring 2012 Class Jesse Colton Flowers Texas AgFinance, Robstown, TX, & Mark Miller ’87 oral presentations on May 1 Gary and Connie Decker of Edward Jones -Rural Entrepreneur of the Year James McGrann & IRM-SPA highest AGEC 424 grades last Fall Colt Joseph Kokel AGEC 425 Spring 2012 Class Clayton Todd Rayburn AGEC 425 Spring 2012 Class Class of ’74 Rural Entrepreneurship Professional Engagement William Ryan Ritter AGEC 425 Spring 2011 Class Bill V. Vehrs


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