New Waves May 2009

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AgriLife Extension wins environmental excellence award

Members of the Rio Grande Valley Nutrient Management Education project recently received the Texas Environmental Excellence Award (TEEA) in Agriculture for their soil testing campaign in the Rio Grande Valley.

Dr. Mark McFarland, Texas AgriLife Extension Service soil fertility specialist and professor in A&M University's Department of Soil and Crop Sciences; Dennis Coker, AgriLife Extension program specialist; AgriLife Extension county agents Brad Cowan, Omar Montemayor, and Dr. Enrique Perez; and Dr. Tony Provin, AgriLife Extension soil chemist and associate professor in the Soil and Crop Sciences Department, were honored for the project, which included a soil testing campaign that has reduced the use of nitrogen by more than 2 million pounds and cut phosphorus use by 3 million pounds.

Recommended by a Blue Ribbon Committee of environmental experts from public and private industry, a TEEA honors individuals, businesses, or organizations that have created successful programs that conserve natural resources, reduce waste, and prevent pollution. Created by the Texas Legislature in 1993, the awards program reflects the goals of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality: to protect Texas human and natural resources and ensure clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.

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