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.

Vegetable production budgets available for High Plains growers

AMARILLO – Gardeners and commercial producers with an extra acre in their backyard or pivot circle corner can “pencil out” vegetable production with more confidence, thanks to a Texas A&M AgriLife and West Texas A&M University collaborative project. The vegetable production budgets are available at https://tinyurl.com/D1vegetablebudget, then click on “spreadsheet budgets.” The site also includes […]

July 30 webinar to help communities improve military veteran access to social services

AMARILLO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Family and Community Health unit’s Texas Military Program will host a webinar entitled, “Ensuring Texas Military Veteran Families Have Better Access to Social Services.” The webinar will be from 10-11 a.m. July 30, and is open to all Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county agents and community […]

AgriLife Extension names 4-H specialists for Amarillo, Vernon districts

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has announced the promotion of two county agents to the positions of 4-H specialist, effective Aug. 1. Bailee Wright will be based in Amarillo, serving District 1, and Seth Hall will be based in Vernon, serving District 3, said Dr. Courtney Dodd, Texas 4-H Youth Development […]

Texas A&M AgriLife creates team to answer hemp questions

COLLEGE STATION – Growing industrial hemp in Texas is not yet legal in the state of Texas, but that doesn’t mean there is not a rapidly growing amount of interest, questions and calls. In response, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has formed an Industrial Hemp Education Initiative Team to provide information concerning industrial hemp production […]

High tunnel seed, vegetable production avoids weather issues

AMARILLO – Rows of brilliant red salvia fill one high tunnel, and the aroma of basil drifts through another. Dr. Charlie Rush, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Amarillo, is diversifying his high tunnel research into seed production this year. https://youtu.be/C7JobCoDg_4 Rush has spent the past four years building high tunnels and researching their […]

AgriLife Extension offers grazing, animal management school beginning July 17 in Canadian

CANADIAN – A 10-month Grass Grazing and Animal Management School coordinated by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Hemphill County will kick off July 17 in Canadian. The school will meet from 1-5 p.m. each third Wednesday of the month through April in the Hemphill County Exhibition Center, 10965 Exhibition Center Lane, said […]

Meek begins AgriLife Extension assistant agent position in Ochiltree County

PERRYTON – Tommy Meek joined the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service July 1 in a new agriculture and natural resources assistant agent position in Ochiltree County. Brandon Dukes, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Amarillo, explained that two new assistant agent positions are being filled in District 1, the top 22 counties in the Panhandle, as […]

Leroy Shafer honored with ACE Reuben Brigham Award

SAN ANTONIO – Leroy “Shafe” Shafer was honored with the Reuben Brigham Award by the Association for Communication Excellence, ACE, at the organization’s international conference June 26 in San Antonio. Shafer, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo chief operating officer emeritus, gave his best advice to the communicators attending the conference, discussing how to stay relevant […]