Lia Guthrie – Publisher/Vice President
Office/Mobile: (901) 497-3689
A native of Leland, Miss., Guthrie grew up on a family farm. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture and a master’s degree in Agricultural Extension and Education. While in graduate school, she studied under cotton geneticist Dr. Bill Meredith at the USDA-ARS Delta States Research Center in Stoneville, Miss. After graduation, Guthrie worked for Cotton Grower magazine as field editor, followed by five years as a market news reporter for the USDA-AMS Flue-Cured Tobacco Division.
She was heard daily on regional radio programs with market reports for the area. Guthrie began writing for Cotton Farming in 1992. She became regional sales representative in 1993. She was promoted to national accounts manager in 1995 and associate publisher in 2000. Guthrie served on the executive committee of the National Agri-Marketing Association for three years, and she participated in the program committee for the Cotton Foundation. She became vice president/publisher in 2005.