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.

Turfgrass, landscape field day set Oct. 9 in College Station

COLLEGE STATION — Whether it’s ants marching across the lawn, troublesome weeds and diseases making the turf look ragged and brown, or concern about mandated watering restrictions on a lawn, the Texas A&M Turfgrass and Landscape Field Day will have an expert with research-based answers. The field day will be Oct. 9 at the Scotts-MiracleGro […]

AgriLife Research study: Harvest management can enhance sorghum silage value

AMARILLO – Forage sorghum silage is an alternative to corn silage due to its drought tolerance, but management is key to making the silage valuable, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Jourdan Bell, Ph.D., agronomist jointly appointed to both AgriLife Extension and Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Amarillo, planted 92 sorghum hybrids along […]

Auvermann tapped to weigh in on national clean air standards review

WASHINGTON – Texas A&M’s Brent Auvermann, Ph.D., was selected to serve as a non-member consultant to assist the Chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, CASAC, with their review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter, PM, and ozone. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of subject matter […]

Rolling Plains Summer Field Day set Sept. 24 at Chillicothe Research Station

CHILLICOTHE – The annual Rolling Plains Summer Field Day, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Vernon, is set for Sept. 24 at the agency’s Chillicothe Research Station, 1340 Farm-to-Market Road 392, Chillicothe. The free program will begin with registration at 8 a.m. followed by the field tour from 9-11:30 a.m. […]

Texas A&M-led study seeks to understand management factors affecting bovine respiratory disease risk

AMARILLO – Animal welfare, sustainability and economics are affected when beef cattle suffer from bovine respiratory disease, or BRD. “BRD is hard to simplify as there are multiple risk factors and pathogens involved, but it is one of the biggest health issues facing the beef and dairy industries,” said Sarah Capik, D.V.M., Ph.D., assistant professor […]

Researchers to combine fire, mixed-species grazing to answer livestock production issues

COLLEGE STATION – Building on more than a decade of stakeholder interactions, a team of Great Plains scientists is rewriting the playbook for livestock production utilizing fire and mixed animal species to graze the land. The team, led by Bradford Wilcox, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research ecologist in the Texas A&M University Department of Ecosystem […]

AgriLife Extension offers farm bill sign-up help, decision tool

AMARILLO – Implementation of the newest farm bill has been slow, but the regulations are written, and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced sign up officially began Sept. 3. However, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is letting producers at meetings around the state know that since so much is still undecided, it may be prudent […]

Bradford assumes AgriLife Extension’s family, community health agent position

BORGER – Eadie Bradford of Panhandle has been hired as the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service family and community health agent for Hutchinson County, effective Sept. 1. Bradford, however, is no stranger to the agency or its programs. A Spearman native, she said she knew after she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from […]