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.

New publication aids agricultural businesses in ICE raid, audit preparation

AMARILLO – Ensuring workers are legally able to work in the U.S. and are properly documented is important for every agricultural business, whether it is a processing plant, a dairy or an orchard, said two Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists. Dr. Ellen Jordan, AgriLife Extension dairy specialist in Dallas, and Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife […]

Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference set Dec. 1 in Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS – The annual Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference – Driving Your Cattle to Profit is set for Dec. 1 at the Region 9 Education Service Center, 301 Texas-11 Loop, Wichita Falls. The conference is a joint effort between the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. This annual conference provides […]

Genetic discovery another tool in battle against wheat pests

AMARILLO – Greenbug and Hessian fly infestations can significantly reduce wheat yield and quality in Texas and worldwide. Breeding for resistance to these two pests using marker-assisted selection just got a new tool from a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study. Because genetics is the most economical strategy to minimize losses, AgriLife Research wheat geneticist Dr. […]

Deadline for Pasture, Range and Forage Insurance sign-up Nov. 15

AMARILLO – Texas landowners who rely on perennial forage to feed their livestock may want to purchase Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance to protect the income potential of these acres, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist in Amarillo, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk […]

3-D crop imaging helps agriculture estimate plant height

COLLEGE STATION – Building three-dimensional point clouds from high-resolution photos taken from unmanned aerial vehicles or drones may soon help plant breeders and agronomists save time and money compared with measuring crops manually. Dr. Lonesome Malambo, postdoctoral research associate in the Texas A&M University ecosystem science and management department in College Station, recently published on […]

AgriLife Extension to host pesticide applicator continuing education course in Canyon

CANYON – A continuing education workshop for pesticide applicator license holders will be offered Oct. 25 by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Randall County at the Kuhlman Extension Center, 200 N. Brown Road in Canyon. The training will be from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and feature virtual speakers from across the state. “The […]