News Release: Lawson hired as assistant professor of agricultural communication at Ohio State

Headshot photo of Dr. Cara Lawson

Lawson, 2022

The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) at The Ohio State University is pleased to share that Dr. Cara Lawson will join our department as an assistant professor in agricultural communication

“I am excited to welcome Dr. Lawson back to Ohio State to be part of our faculty,” said Dr. Shannon Washburn, professor and chair of ACEL. “Her experiences as a professional in the industry, as well as her passion for developing students into great communicators and researchers make her an excellent addition to our department.”

In this new role within the department, Lawson will engage in advancing the agricultural communication program through teaching and research by teaching undergraduate courses in agricultural communication and graduate courses that serve students across our department. She will also serve as an undergraduate academic advisor, work with our faculty and students in Columbus and at Ohio State ATI.

“I am honored and excited to join the faculty at Ohio State and look forward to engaging students and stakeholders in teaching and research opportunities,” said Lawson.

Lawson received a bachelor of science in agricultural education and a master of science in agricultural communication from Ohio State and a doctorate in agricultural communication from Texas Tech University. Most recently she was an instructor of agricultural communication at Oregon State University.

ACEL prepares communicators, educators and leaders in the food, agricultural, and environmental sciences to integrate research-based learning, practice and engagement, in ways that will advance positive changes that strengthen individuals, families and communities. For more information on the undergraduate and graduate academic programs and research available in ACEL, please visit

Internship Spotlight: Maranda Berger with Ball

Maranda Berger standing in front of the Ball Horticulture Company sign.
This summer, Maranda Berger, an agriscience education major, has been completing a communications and marketing internship with Ball Horticulture Company in Chicago, Illinois.
Ball is the world’s largest horticulture company. In her internship, she is working on external communications and creating a virtual tour of the on-sight 10-acre garden.
“I applied to this internship to open my horizons in agriculture and horticulture. I have learned so much and really enjoyed the internship so far,” said Berger.

Internship Spotlight: Bethany Starlin at Trimble Agriculture

Bethany Starlin, an agricultural communication major, is working with Trimble Agriculure this summer as a product management intern.
“I work within Trimble’s diverse product portfolio and support products through their lifecycle while working alongside the Engineering, Marketing, and Sales teams,” said Starlin. “Through this role I’ve been able to gain better understanding of the precision agriculture technologies available to farmers worldwide.”

Internship Spotlight: Raegan Feldner, Ohio Farm Bureau

Four Ohio Farm Bureau employees standing with their arms around each other.

Reagan Feldner, far left, with Ohio Farm Bureau coworkers

This summer, Raegan Feldner is the Ohio State Fair intern with Ohio Farm Bureau in Columbus, Ohio.
In this role, Feldner will work with exhibitors and the Ohio Expo Commission to create the Ohio State Fair Land and Living exhibit which educations fair visitors about animal agriculture, food, technology and the environment with the goal of sharing career opportunities in agriculture to young people.

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Bush wins Fields-of-Corn photo contest

ACEL alum Amanda Bush ’17 was the winner of the most popular award for the 2020 Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest, which is hosted by the National Corn Growers Association.

Bush, who graduated in 2017 with a bachelor of science in agricultural communication, submitted a photo taken from her family farm in Morrow County, Ohio. She is the executive communications assistant for Ohio Farm Bureau.