Conservation Matters July 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Celebration to recognize 75 years of agricultural research in the High Plains set Aug. 29

Agricultural research entities in the High Plains will celebrate “75 Years of Southern High Plains Agricultural Advancements” on Aug. 29 at the joint U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Texas A&M AgriLife Research facility, one-half mile west of Bushland.

The Conservation and Production Research Laboratory will celebrate 75 years of scientific advancements with field and building tours, posters and speakers. Speaking throughout the day, they will outline what agriculture issues have been addressed over the years and the science-based solutions found.

“Innovations in Soil, Water and Environment Management since 1938” is the theme for the celebration, according to Dr. Dave Brauer, USDA-ARS research agronomist and co-chair of the event.

The daylong event will begin at 9 a.m. with registration and continue through an evening meal. Dr. Bob Stewart, longtime director of the USDA facility and current director of the Dryland Agriculture Institute at West Texas A&M University, as well as other employees, past and present, will share reminiscent accounts of research developments and important outcomes, said Dr. Jerry Michels, AgriLife Research entomologist and co-chair.

“Over the years, scientists, regardless of agency or university affiliation, have established high producing teams that have advanced scientific knowledge and produced enduring benefits to mankind in this region and beyond,” said Dr. John Sweeten, AgriLife Research director at Amarillo.

Morning field tours will include stops to look at integrated pest management, alternative crops, irrigation technologies and management, conservation tillage, wind erosion prevention and chemical control for fallow. The lunch program will feature leadership from both the state and federal agencies discussing the importance of the High Plains’ facility.

The afternoon program will move indoors for historical presentations on other programs, such as wheat breeding, cattle production, air quality and a panel discussion with representatives of the agriculture industry on what might dominate research for the next 25 years. Specialized tours will be arranged for viewing various facilities.

The research facilities demonstrate the active and productive partnership between ARS, USDA’s chief scientific research agency, and The Texas A&M University System including AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and West Texas A&M University, researchers said.

Read the full AgriLife TODAY article for more information.

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