Auvermann selected to take leadership of Texas A&M AgriLife center in Amarillo

Dr. Brent Auvermann has been selected as the new center director at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo, following the retirement of longtime director Dr. John Sweeten. Auvermann is a professor in Texas A&M University’s department of biological and agricultural engineering, with a dual-appointment in both the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. He will begin his new duties Feb. 1. “Dr. Auvermann is recognized by his colleagues, commodity leaders, state and federal agencies, and livestock producers for his subject… Read More →

Sweeten to retire after 45 years of service to Texas A&M

Dr. John Sweeten, center director at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo for the past 21 years, will hang up the many different caps he wears, retiring after 45 years of service to the Texas A&M University System. In addition to his Amarillo duties, Sweeten was tasked with leading the AgriLife center in Vernon in 2008, at which time he began developing joint or complementing programs between the two centers. He also had a joint appointment with West Texas A&M University in Canyon for… Read More →

Nanotechnology Paving the Way for Food Safety

Dr. Carmen Gomes is a gifted faculty member here at Texas A&M University’s Biological and Agricultural Engineering department. She is an associate professor and her research applies nanotechnology to improve food safety. Dr. Gomes started her journey at Texas A&M as an undergraduate visiting scholar from Brazil through a Fulbright fellowship and had the opportunity to work under Dr. Rosana Moreira in her food processing laboratory. After her fellowship ended and Dr. Gomes returned to Brazil to finish her degree in Food Engineering, Dr. Moreira, Professor of Biological… Read More →

Texas 4-H Youth Water Ambassadors Program Coming Soon

Biological and Agricultural Engineering Extension Program Specialist, David Smith, specializes in water resources and conservation while leading programs involved with 4-H and youth water education. Though he is no stranger to the BAEN department, he was only recently appointed to his youth development and 4-H position in April. Currently, he is starting an annual Texas 4-H Youth Water Ambassadors Program as part of a new 4-H initiative. It strives to target students between the 9th and 11th grade to encourage their interest in the water industry. The program… Read More →

UAVs helping collect crop production data, farmers become more efficient

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAVs, is providing large amounts of data that hold keys to unlocking valuable solutions in helping farmers become more efficient and increase profitability, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research agricultural engineer. Dr. Alex Thomasson spoke recently at the Texas Plant Protection Association Conference in Bryan. He is part of a 40-member team of researchers consisting of multiple flight teams using UAVs and sensing technology to find solutions to crop diseases and plant stress-related events such as drought. Thomasson… Read More →

New weather station in San Angelo

Charles Swanson, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension landscape irrigation specialist, and Michael Dennis, San Angelo Parks Department supervisor, install components on the weather station Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the San Angelo soccer fields. (Photo: Yfat Yossifor)

San Angelo employees installed a new $5,000 scientific-grade weather station by the soccer fields on Glenna Street on Wednesday. Officials said the tool will help water conservation efforts and save money on water bills. The ET weather station will measure five key weather data: Air temperature Solar radiation Wind speed Relative humidity Rainfall. This data will be collected once a day by Charles Swanson, a landscape irrigation specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in College Station, which manages the Texas ET Network including about 46 weather stations throughout the state…. Read More →

Big data is coming to agriculture

Bob Avant, director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research corporate relations and Dr. Stephen Searcy, head of the department of biological and agricultural engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)

Unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous tractors and other technologies will continue to emerge as producers meet world food needs in the near and distant future, according to experts. Those experts believe technology will continue to emerge and make possible giant leaps throughout the next decade as agriculture industries and producers work to meet world food needs in 2050. Presentations at the 2016 Texas Plant Protection Association addressed the theme of this year’s conference: Advanced Technologies for Texas Agriculture. From smartphone apps to unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAVs,… Read More →

Hydrologic modeling could direct eco-friendly urban, rural land development

SWAT modeling could help city planners and developers implement features that help return watersheds to more natural hydrologic states. Two benefits of improving watershed hydrology are reduced flash flooding and better water quality. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Steve Byrns)

Dr. Jaehak Jeong sees the effects development has on the Lampasas River watershed every time it rains and water streams toward storm drains. Jeong, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research associate professor, develops hydrologic models at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Temple.  He said he hopes the Soil and Water Assessment Tool, or SWAT, will change the way land is developed and help return developed land to its natural hydrologic state. Conceptually, SWAT could help prevent flash flooding, erosion, sedimentation and improve water quality. SWAT… Read More →

Department Head’s Corner – November 2016

Steve Searcy, Department Head

As most of the BAEN family will already know, Dr. Brock Faulkner passed away earlier this year after a two year battle with leukemia. His loss is a great one for the department, but recent actions will ensure that his contributions will be remembered regularly. Brock’s wife, Brittney, with the support of the Faulkner family, has established the Brock Faulkner ’04 Memorial Scholarship fund at the Texas A&M Foundation. Once endowed, this fund will provide scholarships to both BAEN and AGSM students. We will always remember the energy… Read More →

Department Shines at ASABE Award Ceremonies

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ASABE) held their annual international meeting from July 17th-20th at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M had an outstanding representation, winning a variety of awards and receiving recognition for their many accomplishments. Dr. Dana Porter, ’87, was the recipient of the PEI Professional Engineer of the Year Award for dedicated service in support of professional engineering licensure for agricultural and biological engineers and recognized under the 2016 Presidential Citations… Read More →