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      75 years of agricultural research excellence celebrated

      75 years of agricultural research excellence celebrated

      The Texas Agri-life, Texas A & M system, has been a helping the agricultural community for seventy-five years.

      The scientist and researchers have developed strong programs that benefit our nations agricultural from the farm field to the dinner plate.

      But they get lots of help from our nations government and private sector business too.

      "On the Federal side it's base funds, it's part of the USDA budget, we've been pretty blessed here." said David Brauer, research argonomist. "From the State side, it comes through the Texas Agri-life Texas A & M system, a lot of state funds. But we also have that supplemented by grants and those could be grants from like...Sorghum Check Off or from pretty high powered science foundation like National Science Foundation."

      The over the years the facility has conducted research to improve crop productivity and water use, to improve the quality of life for people and communities of the panhandle.

      Farmers and producers have used the research to better their own crop yields and to deal with the Texas High plains droughts and weather.

      "Since the station started in 1938," said Charles Schlab, "wind erosion was one of the big things then, you know, we still have the wind but we learned to control it; control the dust anyhow."

      Despite the adverse conditions of the panhandle, over the years, the research has proven to be effective. That eventually gets passed on to farmers.

      "In other words, it kind of becomes common knowledge," said Schlab, "In other words it gets passed from research to farmer to farmer and from news media. On and on, you know."

      There is science to farming and the panhandle has had a facility for seventy five years that has been helping farmers and other agriculture producers better their crops.