Lia Guthrie – Publisher/Vice President
A native of Leland, Miss., Guthrie grew up on a family farm. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture and a master’s degree in Agricultural Extension and Education. While in graduate school, she studied under cotton geneticist Dr. Bill Meredith at the USDA-ARS Delta States Research Center in Stoneville, Miss. After graduation, Guthrie worked for Cotton Grower magazine as field editor, followed by five years as a market news reporter for the USDA-AMS Flue-Cured Tobacco Division.
She was heard daily on regional radio programs with market reports for the area. Guthrie began writing for Cotton Farming in 1992. She became regional sales representative in 1993. She was promoted to national accounts manager in 1995 and associate publisher in 2000. Guthrie served on the executive committee of the National Agri-Marketing Association for three years, and she participated in the program committee for the Cotton Foundation. She became vice president/publisher in 2005.
Vicky Boyd – Editor
Vicky Boyd is a veteran agricultural journalist with more than two decades of experience. She also is editor of Soybean South and managing editor of Cotton Farming, all publications owned by One Grower Publishing. She worked on Rice Farming for eight years in the late 1990s to mid-2000s before it, along with several other magazines, were sold to One Grower Publishing. Boyd rejoined the staff in 2015 when long-time Cotton Farming editor Tommy Horton retired, and then-Rice Farming editor Carroll Smith took over Cotton Farming.
Boyd has covered myriad crops and has written for several regional and national publications during her career. She also is a graduate of the Rice Leadership Development Program.
Growing up, Boyd was active in 4-H. She has lived and worked in Florida, Texas and the West.
She has earned numerous awards for her writing, including four trade journalism honors from the Fresno County Farm Bureau. Boyd holds a B.A. degree in technical journalism with minors in agriculture and natural resources from Colorado State University.
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