Nathan R. Boardman ’56
Family: Wife Carolyn and daughters Lisa Davis and Jana Hoffman
Major: Agricultural Education
Title & Company: Retired; Formerly CEO & Major Stockholder of Crosbyton Seed Company
Why did you join COADC?
To network with COALS for keeping abreast with cutting edge technology as well as concern for training future generations for serving stakeholders of agriculture.
How did you find your way to your career?
After four years of being an assistant ag extension agent in Lubbock County and one year in ag chemical sales to dealers, I established the goal of being involved in ag business in a small town, a good place to raise my family.
I hired on with a small seed company in Crosbyton, Texas, in 1962. Hybrid sorghum seed technology was fairly new. I developed a program using cotton as isolation from contaminant pollen and achieved low incidences of out-crossing.
Tell us about one of your favorite memories from College.
I waited tables in Duncan Mess Hall my sophomore year, serving cadets in “A” Transportation. My short name was Nate, and I was always too late with the grub. While attending an Aggie football game, my daughter overheard, “Hey, Too Late! How ya’ doing?”
Thus for Christmas I received a Texas A&M auto license plate, “2LATN8.” (Too Late was already taken.) So, “2LATN8” was coined, and there will be no expiration.
What is your favorite hobby?
My favorite hobbies include golf, drip irrigated cotton farming, planting backyard flowers, and attending Aggie football.
What are you proudest of – personally and professionally -– in your life?
In 1972, Crosbyton Seed Company was formed, and at peak, achieved providing thirty to thirty-five percent of the annual grain sorghum seed acreage planted by US farmers. It is self-satisfying to have been engaged in an industry providing grains for world-wide food chain for improving or sustaining lives.