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.

Oaks may replace pines in severely burned ‘Lost Pines’ region without human intervention

COLLEGE STATION – Without human help, the “Lost Pines” may lose some of what it is known for after wildfire ripped through that region almost six years ago, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife study. The “Lost Pines” ecoregion, located in Bastrop, Fayette and Caldwell counties, constitutes the western-most range of loblolly pine in the […]

Cotton variety trial results reflect season’s ups, downs in East, South Texas

COLLEGE STATION – The 2016 Replicated Agronomic Cotton Evaluation or RACE trial results from South and East Texas are in and reflect the extremes of the past season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “We had many regions with superb yield and quality, while other regions suffered tremendously from excessive late-season rainfall,” […]

Chronic illness topic of two-part webinar offered by AgriLife Extension’s Military Program

AMARILLO – A two-part “Chronic Illness: Empowering Families in the Journey” webinar offered through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Military Program will be Jan. 19 and Jan. 26. The webinar will begin at 10 a.m. both days, and is free and open to all who may be interested, said Andy Crocker, AgriLife Extension gerontology […]

Dunlap named new AgriLife Extension district administrator for Rolling Plains

VERNON – Dale Dunlap, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent in Wheeler County, has been selected to fill the role of district administrator in the Rolling Plains. He will replace Miles Dabovich upon his retirement Jan. 31. “We are extremely pleased to have an agent of Dale’s caliber to fill the […]

Texas Association of Dairymen presented Extension Partnership Award

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Association of Dairymen was honored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service with a 2017 Partnership Awards on Jan. 10 during the annual AgriLife Extension Conference in College Station. The Extension Partnership Awards recognize vital alliances with agencies, organizations and others beyond the Texas A&M University System. “We are grateful […]

Auvermann selected to take leadership of Texas A&M AgriLife center in Amarillo

AMARILLO – Dr. Brent Auvermann has been selected as the new center director at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo, following the retirement of longtime director Dr. John Sweeten. Auvermann is a professor in Texas A&M University’s department of biological and agricultural engineering, with a dual-appointment in both the Texas A&M […]

Boyle to fill AgriLife Extension agent position in Dickens County

DICKENS – Thomas Boyle has been hired as the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent in Dickens County, according to Miles Dabovich, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Vernon. Boyle, a native of Mission, started Jan. 2. “We are glad to have Thomas join the District 3 team in Dickens County,” […]

Cave to fill AgriLife Extension’s Kent County agent position

JAYTON – Brandon Cave has been hired to fill the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent position in Kent County, said Miles Dabovich, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Vernon. Cave started Jan. 2. “Brandon is an excellent fit for the Kent County agriculture position,” Dabovich said. “He is native to that […]