TYLER — Build East Texas recently presented their Award of Excellence in Agricultural Research and Extension to Dr. Ron Randel, Texas AgriLife Research scientist.
The organization presents the award annually to recognize outstanding contributions by the personnel of the Texas AgriLife Research and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in East Texas.
Randel is an AgriLife Research scientist who specializes in beef cattle reproductive physiology, according to Dr. Charles Long, resident director of research at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton,
where Randel is based.
Ted Conover, past Build East Texas chairman, presented the award.
“Since 1974, Dr. Randel has focused his research on beef cattle productivity at the Overton center,” Long said. “Among other achievements, Ron’s research has allowed Brahman breeders to achieve artificial insemination pregnancy rates similar to those of other breeds of beef cattle, and he has shown the dramatic influence of nutrition on reproductive performance of beef cattle.”
Long said other highlights of Randel’s “ahead of the curve” research include: work with ionophore antibiotics that led to their cost effective use in beef production; investigation of the effects of gossypol that led to improved procedures of producing cottonseed meal for greater use as cattle feed; and developing an objective measurement system that defined the effects of poor cattle temperament on beef productivity.
The award was presented January at the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership reception at the Hollytree Country Club, Tyler. The audience was mainly local and state agricultural leaders and producers, including Build East Texas members from throughout the region.
Upon receiving the award, Randel said, “To me, this is one of the most important awards I’ve ever received as it comes from you, the people I am working for.”
Randel’s previous honors and awards include: Texas AgriLife and Life Sciences Chancellor’s awards in excellence for individual research (1987), team research (1990), international involvement (2002) and system partnerships (2008); Texas A&M University department of animal science Outstanding Service Award (1994); named as Donald Henry Barron Lecturer (1995); American Society of Animal Science Physiology and Endocrinology award (1996); Build East Texas Award of Excellence in Research and Extension team award (1998); AgriLife Research faculty fellow (1999); Texas A&M regents fellow (1999); AgriLife Research senior faculty fellow (2005); American Society of Animal Science fellow (2007); Southern Section American Society of Animal Science distinguished service award (2008); Washington State University department of animal science distinguished graduate science and technology award (2008).
The purpose of the Build East Texas program is to improve the agricultural income of East Texas citizens by encouraging new technology and marketing systems. BET works with area agribusinesses, develops local leadership and strives to beautify and best utilize East Texas natural resources.