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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 »

 

Texas Alliance for Water Conservation holds Pioneers in Agriculture Field Day

Texas Alliance for Water Conservation holds Pioneers in Agriculture Field Day

A program aimed at connecting today’s producers and consultants with the latest market, policy and research information was the focus of the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation’s annual ‘Pioneers in Agriculture Field Day’ on Thursday (Aug. 15) at the Floyd County Unity Center in Muncy.  more »

 

Pasture Problems; Drought, high temp stress highlight Australian meeting

Pasture Problems; Drought, high temp stress highlight Australian meeting

With a laser focus on pasture plant adaptation to drought and high temperature stress, some of the world’s leading agronomists are set to meet in September at the Satellite Meeting of the 22nd International Grassland Congress in Sydney, Australia. Held at the University of Sydney, the satellite meeting will be led in part by co-organizer Chuck West, Texas Tech’s Thornton Distinguished Professor of Forages.  more »

 

Rate of Return; Categorizing farms according to size is tough row to hoe

Rate of Return; Categorizing farms according to size is tough row to hoe

It seems simple enough. What is a farm? The U.S. Agriculture Department defines it as “any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the year.” “Very large farms” are defined as having gross sales of more than $500,000.  more »

 

CASNR officials announce strategic hire of noted agronomist Charles West

CASNR officials announce strategic hire of noted agronomist Charles West

Texas Tech continues its pursuit of Association of American University (AAU)-like research university status with the strategic hiring of a respected forage researcher. The newly added faculty member is Charles “Chuck” West, who will serve as the Thornton Distinguished Professor of Forages with the university’s Department of Plant and Soil Science.  more »

 

CRP Focus; Texas Tech soil research team receives $480,000 USDA-NIFA grant

CRP Focus; Texas Tech soil research team receives $480,000 USDA-NIFA grant

A multi-disciplinary team of agricultural scientists from Texas Tech has been awarded a $480,000 grant to study Lubbock area soil microbial communities, looking for key indicators of soil carbon transformations when Conservation Reserve Program land is converted to cropland. The five-year project is being funded under the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.  more »

 

Texas Tech research institute releases online foreign subsidies database

Texas Tech research institute releases online foreign subsidies database

Texas Tech’s Cotton Economics Research Institute unveiled a new online database today (Oct. 31) that compiles, organizes and presents information on domestic subsidies and trade restrictions on key agricultural product-producing countries around the world.  more »