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.

WT, AgriLife announce $1 million Texas A&M Chancellor’s Research Initiative

WRITER: Brittany Castillo, 806-651-2682, bcastillo@wtamu.edu CONTACT: Dr. Angela Spaulding, 806-651-2731 aspaulding@wtamu.edu; Dr. Kevin Pond, 806-651-2550, kpond@wtamu.edu; Dr. Emily Hunt, 806-651-5257, ehunt@wtamu.edu CANYON — Officials from The Texas A&M University System, TAMUS, announced a Chancellor’s Research Initiative, or CRI, between two agency members – West Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife on May 23 in […]

Texas A&M student recognized as Borlaug Scholar by plant breeders association

COLLEGE STATION – Sarah Marsh, a senior student at Texas A&M University, is one of 12 students recognized by the National Association of Plant Breeders, or NAPB, in the 2019 class of NAPB Borlaug Scholars. “The NAPB Borlaug Scholarship awards are given to exceptional students aspiring to a careers in plant breeding and genetics and […]

Texas A&M student identifies unique 5-million-year-old rhino species

COLLEGE STATION – Rhinoceros don’t roam the prairies of Texas today, and some might not even know they once roamed the Great Plains. But one Texas A&M University student knows about rhinos: she’s identified unique specimens from fossilized remains found in the mountains of Tennessee dating back almost 5 million years. Rachel Short, a doctoral […]

AgriLife Extension releases new publication on mowing warm-season turfgrass

COLLEGE STATION – Mow high, mow low, mow often … ever wonder what the best recommendations are to ensure a beautiful lawn? Not doing it right can be detrimental to warm-season turfgrass, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. AgriLife Extension has released a new publication to help homeowners and other turfgrass managers […]

Feedyard Technician Program for high schoolers earns TEA certification

AMARILLO — The Texas Education Agency has added the Feedyard Technician Program for high school students to its certified Career and Technical Education list. The program is jointly sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Cattle Feeders Association and West Texas A&M University The Career and Technical Education program ensures Texas students are prepared […]

Texas A&M-designed irrigation runoff mitigation system patented, available for licensing

COLLEGE STATION – Just as temperatures begin to heat up and lawns begin to seemingly beg for water, Texas A&M AgriLife faculty were recognized at a patent award banquet for their irrigation runoff mitigation system. With water waste a growing problem nationwide, an interdisciplinary team of engineers, irrigation researchers and turfgrass experts have spent the […]