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AEC researchers secure $600k marketing grant to assist farmers, ranchers

AEC researchers secure $600k marketing grant to assist farmers, ranchers

A group of Texas Tech researchers is part of a larger compilation of institutions receiving a grant to help beginning farmers and ranchers market their products and businesses. Erica Irlbeck, an assistant professor of agricultural communications in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, has secured the $600,000 grant from USDA as part of its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Initiative.  more »

 

Strategic Steps; CASNR part of massive $500k plains conservation project

Strategic Steps; CASNR part of massive $500k plains conservation project

A Texas Panhandle-High Plains conservation project has been awarded a federal grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Texas High Plains Initiative for Strategic and Innovative Irrigation Management and Conservation (the Initiative) will receive a $499,848 Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) to show farmers how to save irrigation water and extend the economic viability of their operations.  more »

 

PSS doctoral student receives grant to investigate High Plains irrigation

PSS doctoral student receives grant to investigate High Plains irrigation

A Texas Tech graduate student received a $5,000 grant from the Texas Water Resources Institute, which will help fund the first year of her research investigating irrigation on the Texas High Plains. Cora Lea Emerson, doctoral candidate in the Department of Plant and Soil Science, will investigate possible solutions to the decline in available water resources.  more »

 

New cotton physiologist joins CASNR’s plant and soil science department

New cotton physiologist joins CASNR’s plant and soil science department

Glen Ritchie, an expert on the environmental factors affecting cotton yield and quality, has been named an assistant professor in Texas Tech University’s Department of Plant and Soil Science. He began his teaching and research duties on April 1.  more »

 

Conservation, dryland technology key to extending Ogallala’s lifespan: FJ Link

image image Everyone on the High Plains knows about the troubles of the Ogallala Aquifer. Five trillion gallons get pumped out each year to irrigate about a third of the nation’s food and fiber, according to William Ashworth’s 2006 in-depth book about the aquifer, Ogallala Blue. With the aquifer declining year by year, how long can it last?  more »

 

Research shines light on farming, its effect on the environment: A-J News Link

image image A collaboration of research efforts spanning more than a decade takes a closer look at how West Texas producers farm and how farming affects the environment. The shared goal of finding methods that would keep agriculture profitable for producers and preserve natural resources linked Texas Tech with the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension, farmers, the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 and the USDA, among other agencies.  more »

 

CASNR Research: Agriculture carbon benefit may be indirect

image image Though carbon trading likely will not help farmers’ bottom lines significantly, agriculture may benefit indirectly from carbon regulation through the value added by biofuels. Large corporations such as Wal-Mart and General Electric could take advantage of cap and trade policies to improve their carbon footprints.  more »