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.

AgriLife ‘Top Picks’ offered as wheat producers gear up for new wheat crop

AMARILLO – Planted wheat acres were down in 2018-2019 in the Texas Panhandle, but it was still a learning year, according to experts with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. It offered a mixed bag of conditions with record wheat yields, waterlogged fields resulting in reduced yields and shriveled, low […]

Wheatheart Wheat Conference set Aug. 8 in Perryton

PERRYTON – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host the 21st annual Wheatheart Wheat Conference on Aug. 8 at the Ochiltree County Expo Center, 402 Expo Drive in Perryton. “All area wheat producers are invited to attend,” said Scott Strawn, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Ochiltree County. The program is co-hosted […]

AgriLife Extension offers 12-week online training for new agriculture businesses

COLLEGE STATION – Generation Next: Our Turn to Ranch is a 12-week online course to be offered Aug.18-Nov. 9 by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. “This curriculum is perfect for new landowners or those who are looking to start a new agricultural operation on an existing ranch,” said Dr. Megan Clayton, AgriLife Extension range […]

AgriLife Extension hires Abello as economist in Vernon

VERNON – Pancho Abello has returned to Texas and to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to fill the economist position at Vernon. Abello, a native of Argentina, comes to AgriLife Extension with 16 years of agricultural and livestock production experience. His professional background also includes consulting, extension service, financial, economic and agribusiness analyses, strategic […]

Land stewardship tips focus of women’s conference Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Fredericksburg

FREDERICKSBURG – Women landowners and operators will find answers to questions and hear about conservation management practices essential to their property at the 2019 Bennett Trust Land Stewardship Women’s Conference. “Tips for the Trade” will be the theme of the conference set for Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at The Inn on Barons Creek, 308 S. Washington […]

Texas A&M researchers to develop climate-smart sorghum

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M researchers believe the development of climate-smart crops is the key to improving nitrogen-use efficiency and reducing fertilizer nitrogen loss in agricultural fields. The crops would have the ability to suppress soil nitrification and have reduced nitrogen emissions, said Dr. Nithya Rajan, Texas A&M AgriLife Research crop physiologist and principal investigator […]

Texas A&M to bridge rural/urban divide with food, agriculture science

COLLEGE STATION – About a thousand new faces show up in Texas every day, moving into the Metroplex, Austin, San Antonio and Houston, and they have little to no connection to the state’s agriculture-based culture and economy. Dr. Patrick Stover, Texas A&M AgriLife vice chancellor, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and […]

AgriLife Extension offers August, September QuickBooks training in Amarillo, Lubbock

AMARILLO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer Panhandle District QuickBooks Pro Desktop Short Courses on Aug. 21-22 in Amarillo and Sept. 11-12 in Lubbock. The two-day trainings will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day at the respective Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Centers, located at 6500 W. Amarillo […]