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Ogallala Aquifer research team wins prestigious national USDA Award

Ogallala Aquifer research team wins prestigious national USDA Award

The depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer has made headlines over the past several years and has been a big concern to many who live on the Southern Great Plains region, including the Texas High Plains, along with portions of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The aquifer encompasses more than 170,000 square miles, making it a sizeable and vital water resource.  more »

 

Dry Times; Worst Drought in Decades Continues to Cut Texas Quail Counts

Dry Times; Worst Drought in Decades Continues to Cut Texas Quail Counts

Three years into a five-year project aimed at stemming a massive decline of quail in Texas, researchers with a conservation alliance based at Texas Tech University are finding that last year’s blistering drought didn’t help that rescue effort one bit.  more »

 

Protracted drought cuts deeply into Texas quail numbers: Texas Tech study

Protracted drought cuts deeply into Texas quail numbers: Texas Tech study

The drought and a killing heat that gripped Texas for the better part of a year has sharply reduced quail numbers with the die-off of adult game birds ratcheting up into the hundreds of thousands, followed by pint-sized chick reproduction reports.  more »

 

Weinheimer tapped for research assistant professor, water center leadership

Weinheimer tapped for research assistant professor, water center leadership

Justin Weinheimer, a skilled research economist with Texas Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, has been named a research assistant professor and assistant director of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources’ Water Center, officials with the university report. He officially stepped into his new posts on Nov. 1.  more »

 

Texas Tech gets water conservation funding boost from NRCS

Texas Tech gets water conservation funding boost from NRCS

Texas Tech University is part of a water conservation team that has received a $499,848 grant from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) provides three years of funding to support a large-scale demonstration effort in the south plains and northern panhandle.  more »

 

China agriculture prof joins ongoing Texas Tech water management project

China agriculture prof joins ongoing Texas Tech water management project

Zongren Kuang, an associate professor from the College of Humanities and Development at China Agricultural University, has joined Texas Tech’s Department of Agricultural Education and Communications as a visiting professor. He began his duties on Monday (Sept. 19).  more »

 

Ground cover, reduced post-drought grazing keys 94M acre range recovery

Ground cover, reduced post-drought grazing keys 94M acre range recovery

As a blistering drought continues to plague huge portions of Texas, a Texas Tech researcher says that even now in the midst of the fight it’s time to plan ahead and logically plot a path for pulling more than 90 million acres of valuable rangeland back from the brink.  more »