Kay Ledbetter is an associate editor/communication specialist for Texas AgriLife Research and Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Amarillo & Vernon. She worked 23 years at the Amarillo Globe-News as a general assignments reporter, farm and ranch reporter and editor, and assistant regional editor before joining the Texas A&M System in 2005. She earned a bachelor of science degree at West Texas State University in Canyon. She is responsible for writing news releases and feature articles from science-based information generated or provided by Research & Extension faculty at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Amarillo and at Vernon.

Sid Kyle Endowments announced at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION – Designation of two endowed positions in the Texas A&M University department of ecosystem science and management are the cornerstone for a new savanna research initiative. Dr. Tom Boutton, Regents Professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Senior Faculty Fellow in the department, has been awarded the Sid Kyle Endowed Chair in Arid and Semi-Arid […]

Neonicotinoid insecticides losing efficiency in potato psyllid control

AMARILLO – The potato industry may be losing a mainstay in the battle against psyllids, according to a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study. Dr. Ada Szczepaniec, AgriLife Research entomologist in Amarillo, said while there may be varying degrees of resistance to neonicotinoid insecticides in populations of psyllids across Texas, her recent study indicates they’ve […]

New rangeland book addresses recent developments, future needs

COLLEGE STATION – “Rangeland Systems – Processes, Management and Challenges,” an unprecedented compilation of ecological and management knowledge regarding global rangelands has been released, according to the Texas A&M professor and the book’s editor. Dr. David Briske, T.M. O’Connor Professor in the Texas A&M University department of ecosystem science and management in College Station, said […]

Military caregiving workshop March 29 to focus on students with special needs

AMARILLO – “Successful Transitions for Students with Special Needs: What Resources Are Available to You” will be this month’s topic of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Military Program webinar on March 29. The one-hour webinar will begin at 10 a.m. and is free and open to all interested, but registration is required, said Andrew […]

Livestock Supply Points for wildfire donations set closing dates

AMARILLO – The truckloads of hay have slowed, and producers affected by wildfires are beginning to get some perspective on the damage done and the path forward, so Livestock Supply Points in three counties will begin winding down, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service officials. Danny Nusser, AgriLife Extension regional program leader in Amarillo, […]

Variety screening identifies potatoes with resistance to zebra chip disease

AMARILLO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathology team in Amarillo intentionally infected potato plants with psyllids positive with the bacterium that causes zebra chip, a deadly disease plaguing the potato industry for the past 15 years. The outcome is some promising germplasm that will help in the battle against the costly disease, said […]