The National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (National ACT) elected five student officers to serve until July of 2021. The vision of National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow is to be the leading collegiate organization in developing and strengthening agricultural communication students through professional growth opportunities and educational programs. You’ll find more information on each officer below:
President: Layne Mustian
Layne Mustian is a senior at Texas A&M University where she is majoring in agricultural communications and journalism and minoring in both agricultural economics and tourism management. Layne’s interest in agriculture grew into a passion at a young age as she watched her father grow and conduct critical research on various crops in the Texas panhandle. In high school, Layne combined her passion for agriculture with communication through youth leadership organizations like FFA and 4-H.
In college, Layne continues to strengthen her agriculture knowledge and communication skills through multiple organizations on her campus including, Sigma Alpha Professional Sorority, Texas A&M Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Texas A&M Meat Science and Technology Association and the 2019 Fightin’ Texas Aggie Meat Judging Team.
Layne currently works as the communication student technician at the Texas A&M Natural Resource institute where she helps bring attention to NRI efforts through creating blog articles, managing social media, assisting in collecting communication data and producing curriculum aid for private landowners. After graduation, Layne plans to attend graduate school and eventually pursue a career in the agricultural industry.
In her free time, Layne enjoys practicing her photography skills, traveling with friends, cooking new recipes and reading inspirational novels.
Vice President: Rachel McGreal
Rachel McGreal is a sophomore at the University of Illinois majoring in Agricultural Communications with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Food and Environmental Sciences. Rachel grew up on a family farm in Central Illinois where she enjoyed learning about production agriculture from the cab of the combine alongside her father. She was actively involved in her high school’s FFA chapter where she successfully earned a state championship in the Vet Science and Agricultural Communications contest. In 2018, she was on the FFA National Championship Agricultural Sales team.
While in college, Rachel is involved in Illini Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and Illini Equine Rescue Society. She has broadened her communications skills by taking on a number of different videography and photography projects for some of the colleges and departments within the university. A hobby she picked up from a young age, photography and videography have easily become a passion she hopes to pursue in a future career in the agriculture industry. Rachel would also like to return to the family farm in pursuit of becoming a fifth-generation farmer.
In her free time, Rachel enjoys traveling, photography and videography, helping on the farm, and riding her horse.
Secretary/Treasurer: Lauryn Luttrull
Lauryn is a junior at West Texas A&M University where she is pursuing a degree in Agricultural Media and Communication with a minor in Management. Lauryn has also received her event planning certification.
Lauryn has always had a passion for agriculture due to her family’s roots. She plans to attend graduate school and one day open her own event management company. In her free time, Lauryn enjoys volunteering at Make a Wish through her sorority Chi Omega. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Member Relations Coordinator: Zach Andrews
Zach Andrews is currently a Junior at the University of Arkansas where he is triple majoring in Agricultural Business, Communications, and Leadership. Originally, he is from Camden, Arkansas where he marked the third generation in his family’s registered Hereford cattle operation.
Zach credits his lifelong experiences in the cattle industry and his year serving as an Arkansas FFA State Officer for his passion for the agricultural industry and the people that make it up. After graduating with his undergraduate degrees, he hopes to attend graduate school.
Communications Coordinator: Callie McClay
Callie McClay is currently a junior at the University of Illinois studying Agricultural Communications with a concentration in Advertising. She is also pursuing a double minor in Food & Environmental Systems and Food & Ag Business Management. Having grown up on a farm, Callie has been interested in agriculture from the very beginning. She grew up showing cattle for 4-H and was involved in FFA through high school.
Callie stays busy on campus working as a Media Communications Intern for the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department and as a Social Media Intern for the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) program. She’s also involved in several clubs and organizations. She’s currently the President of the Illini ACT Chapter, Vice President of the UIUC National Agri-Marketing Association and a member of Collegiate Farm Bureau, 4-H House Cooperative Sorority, College of ACES Student Advancement Committee, and an ALEC Ambassador.
This summer, Callie will be interning at Caterpillar as a Corporate Technical Marketing Intern. In the future, she plans to continue working for Caterpillar or an agriculture company in the marketing sector. Eventually, she would like to return to her family’s farm in hopes of being a 9th generation farmer.
Congratulations to each of these individuals!