March 19, 2013 – National Ag Day

Today represented National Ag Day, a day designed to remind people of how much agriculture impacts our lives on a daily basis. To celebrate National Ag Day, the Auburn University Collegiate Cattlemen and Cattlewomen were present on the concourse of the Auburn University campus armed with informational brochures and beef brisket samples. During our time … Continue reading

The Danger Zone of Food Safety

Yesterday I was given the opportunity to speak at the Food Entrepreneur Conference held at Auburn University. The topic of my presentation was “Food Safety and HACCP”. HACCP is the acronym for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points and is basically a written plan to ensure the safe production, handling, and storage of food. HACCP … Continue reading


Hey y’all! Thanks for visiting my blog Cowboy Boots & Steak! A little about me … I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences, focusing on meat science and food safety, at Auburn University. I received both my B.S. and  M.S. in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech. I grew up on a … Continue reading

My Inspiration

After some prompting from friends and much encouragement from Mr. David Hayden, I have added blogging to my to-do list. Hopefully, you will find on this blog a combination of useful information, thought provoking topics, humor, and some fun life stories and experiences. Growing up on a farm teaches many lessons which cannot be learned … Continue reading