Acknowledgements & Copyright Notice

Gratitude and Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an OER seed grant administered by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Successful Teaching with Affordable Resources (STAR) initiative.

Special thanks to the following for their patience and outstanding support:

  • Brad Severa, Academic Technology Support Specialist, University of Nebraska ITS
  • Catherine Fraser Riehle, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Libraries


Peer Reviewers

This text and the individual chapters were all rigorously peer-reviewed by our textbook Editors. 

Chapter Authors

This text would not have been possible without the dedication and expertise of our chapter authors, who completed their work during a very difficult time – the peak of the COVID pandemic. We are grateful beyond measure for their dedication to this project.

Our Students

We are grateful to the students in our classes who took the time to provide valuable feedback on early versions of many of the chapters in this book. You made this book even better!


Copy Editor

Many thanks to our copy editor for her tireless attention to detail and expert eye for consistency and accuracy: Angelika Stout, University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Additional Support

Thanks to Bryan Kinnan, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, for his feedback and suggestions and a final consistency check. His willingness to do a detailed read-through was much appreciated.

Much gratitude to Brooke Wells for diligently adding alt text to all of the images in the text and for her expert eye in catching many final editing details.


Cover Photograph and Design by Gina S. Matkin

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The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication, in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

This text has been created as an Online Educational Resource (OER).

As such, it is freely available to be used and adapted per the terms of the

Creative Commons License CC BY-NC 4.0 

ISBN 978-1-60962-292-3


In-kind support for this Project was also provided by:

    • The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, & Communication
    • The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
    • University of Nebraska – Lincoln

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