Over the weekend the ag community lost one of our shining stars. I lost a mentor, an influence and an idol. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Raines in person, over the past three years, he became an enormous influence to me. Dr. Raines was one of the biggest inspirations behind this blog. He challenged the way I thought about agriculture and meat science. He always provided support and answers anytime I needed help. Basically he made me want to be a better ag student.
My thoughts are with all his friends and family.