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.

Federal hemp rules announced

USDA hemp rules prompt Texas action Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist, Amarillo, said a significant portion of the USDA rules tell tribes and states who are outlining their own hemp production plans what must be included. Another portion puts in place rules for producers in states or tribes that don’t want to […]

Longtime Texas A&M potato breeder Creighton Miller dies

Creighton Miller, Ph.D., plant breeder and professor in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University, has died after a long bout with cancer. He was 79. Miller has been recognized throughout the years for his research contributions to the U.S. potato industry. More than 25 years ago, he was recognized by the U.S. […]

Series of Last Chance Webinars offered online for pesticide applicators

A group of Last Chance Webinars for pesticide applicator continuing education units in Texas is being offered beginning Nov. 1 as a part of the Texas Range Webinar Series hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service unit of the Texas A&M University Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. The CEU roundup of webinars will be available through […]

Redmon among Texas A&M honorees at annual crop, soil science conference

ASA Fellow  Larry Redmon, Ph.D., will be named an ASA Fellow on Nov. 12. Redmon is the associate department head and AgriLife Extension program leader for the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M, administering one of the largest agronomic extension units in the country. He also serves as the AgriLife Extension state […]

Oct. 30 webinar to address issues with moral injury, mental health

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Family and Community Health unit’s Texas Military Program will host a monthly webinar titled, “Moral Injury and Killing in Combat: Research and Clinical Implications.” Moral injury is where individuals are exposed to traumatic events that violate their moral values and lead to severe distress and functional impairments. The webinar […]

New St. Augustine grass hybrids highlighted at annual turfgrass field day

Turfgrass needs to be  tolerant to drought and shade as well as resistant to disease in order to thrive in Texas. A Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass breeder discussed genetically engineered St. Augustine grass and hybrids bred to meet these criteria during the recent Texas A&M AgriLife Turfgrass Field Day in College Station. Ambika Chandra, […]

Rancher risk management tool offered, sign-up deadline Nov. 15

Pasture, Rangeland and Forage, or PRF, insurance is a risk policy designed to provide annual protection for farmers and ranchers who rely on forage products to support their cattle operations, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “In the face of uncertain weather conditions, insurance becomes a critical component in producers’ risk management portfolios,” […]