Clarkson to serve in Castro, Hale, Lamb counties
LUBBOCK – Nikolas Clarkson will not be a stranger to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service when he begins Dec. 17 as the multi-county agronomy agent for Castro, Hale and Lamb counties, said Michael Clawson, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Lubbock.
In the newly created position, Clarkson will be responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating AgriLife Extension programs that relate to agronomic issues, including crop production decisions and management, water conservation and efficiency, pest issues and risk management, Clawson said.
He will initially work out of the Lubbock County district office.
“We are very excited to have Nikolas in this new agronomy position,” said Danny Nusser, AgriLife Extension North Region program leader for Amarillo and Lubbock.
“The intent of this position is to commit a full-time professional to work with associated partners, businesses and consultants to address the crop production needs of ag producers,” Nusser said. “Nikolas will focus his time on providing timely, research-based information in agronomic program areas.”
Clarkson, an Abernathy native, earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural and applied economics from Texas Tech University.
Most recently, he has worked as an integrated pest management intern with Blayne Reed, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management agent for Hale, Swisher and Floyd counties. He worked the previous summer as a field scout for AgriLife Extension.
Some of the strengths Clarkson will bring to this new position are experience in scouting cotton, corn, sorghum, wheat and alfalfa fields for insect, weed and disease problems, Clawson said. He also has experience planting and harvesting cotton, corn and sorghum research trials.
“The opportunity this position has to heavily focus and evaluate the agronomic needs of producers really has me excited for this growing season and the years to come,” Clarkson said. “I’m ready to provide help and research to farmers and to also work with other AgriLife professionals to make sure we are helping producers get the best crop they can.”