A successful rural entrepreneur and enthusiastic contributor to enrichment activities for teaching and outreach is Murray H. Edwards who received his Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in agricultural economics from Texas A&M in 1973. Completing his undergraduate degree in only three years, he continued studies at the Harvard Business School, receiving an MBA in 1975.
Between high school and entering Texas A&M, Mr. Edwards served a year as Texas State FFA President, a meritorious accomplishment in itself. While at A&M, he was active in student government, served as President of the Agricultural Economics Club, and also won the American Agricultural Economics Association Undergraduate Speech Contest. He also was named an Outstanding Senior in the College of Agriculture.
With an interest in agribusiness, Mr. Edwards and some friends became involved in a start-up irrigation company in California after his graduation from Harvard. The company grew by acquiring several small irrigation companies throughout the San Joaquin Valley, and it ultimately became a business with a 100 plus employee-base across seven locations. He sold his interest in the company in 1981 and moved back to Central Texas where he acquired the majority interest and became president of Alderman-Cave Feeds in Winters. Since 1981, he has been fortunate to have purchased, sold, and managed various agribusinesses including a feed-manufacturing business (Alderman-Cave Feeds & Bluebonnet Feeds), a cattle-feeding business (Abilene Cattle Feeders), a grain-elevator business (West Texas Grain Elevators), and an agricultural commodity-trading business (Cape and Son).
Currently, Mr. Edwards is a principal with Bluebonnet Feeds, a pet food and livestock feed manufacturer, and maintains ownership and board membership in several private companies. He is president of Innovation Event Management which produces more than 30 consumer shows each year throughout the United States. He also serves as a director of First Financial Bankshares, a leading West Texas financial institution. He proves time and again that it does not matter if he is selling sacks of feed or booth space at shows, he still demonstrates passion and excellence.
Murray Edwards continues to network with many of his classmates, and he makes frequent contributions to the department and to the Agriculture Program. He and his family are continuing sponsors of the department’s annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. He often serves as a mentor to students preparing term projects, and he has provided seminars to the undergraduate and graduate students. In doing so, he is an avid advocate for entrepreneurship and Aggie ingenuity. In addition to assisting the teaching program, he supports numerous Extension outreach activities including the Master Marketer Program, the Tomorrow’s Top Ag Producer Program (TTAP) and The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP).
Mr. Edwards and his wife, Kathi, live in Clyde. They have three children, Rachel ‘00 (and son-in-law Chris ‘97), John-Morris ’03 (and daughter-in-law Aubrey), and Lincoln ‘07.