UVALDE – Dr. Daniel Leskovar has been named interim resident director of the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Uvalde.
The announcement was made by Dr. Craig Nessler, director of Texas AgriLife Research, part of the Texas A&M System.
Leskovar, an AgriLife Research crop physiologist, has served as a professor at the center since 1991. He earned his doctorate
in vegetable crops physiology from the University of Florida-Gainesville in 1991, and has received numerous awards and recognition for his work, which primarily addresses issues of seed quality, transplant stress and stand establishment.
“We are fortunate to have a person of Dr. Leskovar’s experience serve in this important role and I am confident he will provide excellent leadership,” Nessler said.
The AgriLife center at Uvalde was established in 1974 and employs approximately 60 individuals who conduct research and deliver extension programs. Leskovar will lead the research efforts of the center, which include ecologically sound natural resources management and conservation practices, animal nutrition, and forage and crop improvement.
“I am happy to have been considered for this interim position and hope to expand the activities of the facility, creating an environment for cultivating innovative research and developing knowledge which will further benefit area producers,” Leskovar said.
Leskovar said he plans to expand research relating to vegetables and row crops while maintaining and expanding research efforts on water conservation and in support of the region’s commercial recreation interests, such as eco-tourism and hunting.
He noted that he also hopes to find more opportunities for collaboration between AgriLife Research and AgriLife Extension personnel at the Uvalde center, as well as opportunities to collaborate with other centers located throughout the state.
The center was previously led by Dr. J.W. Holloway, who has served as resident director since 1983. Holloway, a professor of animal nutrition, will continue to serve on the agency’s faculty.
“We appreciate Dr. Holloway’s long and dedicated service to Texas AgriLife Research as resident director at Uvalde” said Nessler, “and extend our thanks for his many contributions as its leader.”