A degree in Science and Agricultural Journalism yields expertise in a variety of agriculture and journalism fields.
For Gary Myers, MU Science and Agricultural Journalism 1971, it's all about bringing that expertise full circle.
"Perfect your writing and leadership skills, and take a global 'pasture-to-plate' view of agriculture," Myers advises.
Myers is co-founder of Morgan&Myers, the highly successful, global communications firm specializing in the agriculture, food and beverage industries. He sold Morgan&Myers to his partners in 2005 and launched GaryMyers+Associates, a management consultancy providing counsel to communications executives.
"Agricultural communications is a wonderful and rewarding field," Myers says. His lifelong commitment to the industry certainly proves it.
Myers' career has taken him through major changes in worldwide agriculture and food production. Clients he has served include Altria, Novartis Animal Health, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Monsanto, Case IH, Friskies PetCare, California Raisin Marketing Board, Cargill, DuPont, Dow, Abbott Labs, Texas Instruments, Arm & Hammer, Kraft, McDonalds and Sandoz.
Myers is past president of the Agricultural Relations Council, past president of the Badger Chapter of the National Agricultural Marketing Association, a founding board member of the Council of Public Relations Firms and past chairman of the Americas Region of the Worldcom Public Relations Group.
Myers is an accredited member and Fellow of the Public Relations Society of America and past chair of its Counselors Academy. He is the recipient of the ARC Founder's Award, several PRSA Silver Anvil Awards, and numerous other professional recognitions.
Myers and his wife, Jackie, live in rural Jefferson, Wis., where he serves as part-time Mayor. In addition to his consulting business, Myers teaches communication for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and integrated marketing communications for the West Virginia University online master's program.
Morgan&Myers offers advertising, public relations, digital and integrated communications services. The company was named in Inc. magazine's list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in 1987 and has been was recognized as a "Hot Shop" and "Best in the Niche" and for "Excellence in Strategic Planning" by trade publications.
A degree in Science and Agricultural Journalism allows for many career opportunities. For Erica Coble, Science and Agricultural Journalism '05, the first job out of college was a perfect fit. This Dadeville native has worked with John Deere since graduation.
"It's a fun job that requires quite a bit of travel and interaction with others," Coble said.
Although she doesn't work directly in journalism, Coble said she uses the skills she acquired through Science and Agricultural Journalism and economics on a daily basis. As the sales promotions coordinator, she leads special events focusing on customer acquisition within her territory and assists in achieving overall sales objectives for her branch.
Coble said she plans to continue her career with John Deere: "It is a great company with a lot of opportunity. I hope that the experiences I am having right now will help me to obtain a territory position with the company in the next few years."
Coble is a member of the Junior League of Columbus, Ohio, Farm Bureau; Columbus Young Professionals; Agriculture Future of America, and MU Alumni Association.
During college, Coble interned with Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri Soybean Association. She also served as a college coordinator for the Republican National Committee during the 2004 presidential election.
When asked her advice for high-school students interested in the MU Science and Agricultural Journalism Program, Coble said: "The faculty and students within CAFNR are fantastic, and the School of Journalism will definitely challenge you in your studies. You don't have to write for a newspaper or be on TV to be an Science and Agricultural Journalism major; the possibilities are really endless."