Specialty irrigation courses offered in College Station March 14-15

Two specialty irrigation courses will be offered in College Station on permitting of wastewater for irrigation use and advanced landscape irrigation auditing March 14-15. Pictured is an irrigation audit conducted on a landscape using recycled water. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Charles Swanson)

Two specialty irrigation courses will be offered in College Station on permitting of wastewater for irrigation use and advanced landscape irrigation auditing March 14-15. The courses, Permitting of Alternative Water for Irrigation and Advanced Landscape Irrigation Auditing, are offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Cost for both courses is $165. The first course, Permitting of Alternative Water for Irrigation, will be March 14. “Wastewater is a broad term that refers to water, which originates from a wide variety of sources ranging from home sinks, showers and… Read More →

‘Internet of things’ to create big data for irrigated agriculture

A web-connected plant sensor such as this infrared thermometer could be part of an “internet of things” product. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter)

Big data is big business, and everyone wants a part of the pie, however agricultural irrigators should take a careful look before accepting irrigation advice from new technology sources, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. Charles Hillyer, AgriLife Extension irrigation specialist in Amarillo, said a recent survey on emerging irrigation technologies identified the “internet of things” or IoT as the most important issue. What is that? Big data, Hillyer said. “Most mentioned by the survey takers is having lots of devices being used by… Read More →

AGSM Club Spotlight

Taylor Shearrer, class of 2017, is President of the department’s Agricultural and Systems Management Club. He shares the impact and goals of the club to positively impact students pursuing degrees within the department. Tell us a little bit about AGSM’s background and purpose. Taylor: The Agricultural and Systems Management Club is a student lead organization that is based out of the department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. It was first formed in 2002 to help students in Agricultural Systems Management get to know each other as well as… Read More →

Spring Landscape Irrigation Short Courses offered

A series of landscape irrigation short courses for licensed irrigation professionals will be held February through May with stops in College Station, Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. Licensed landscape irrigators are required to have 24 hours of continued education every three years to renew their licenses, while licensed irrigation technicians need 16 hours every two years, said Charles Swanson, short course instructor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist in College Station. “Our classes cover a range of landscape irrigation topics,” Swanson said. “They benefit both… Read More →

Texas A&M and Prairie View A&M Offer Joint USDA Water Quality Fellowship Program Summer 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the five-week Water Quality Fellowship Summer Program jointly directed by Texas A&M University (TAMU) and Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU).  This program sponsored by the USDA-NIFA Research and Extension Experiences for Undergrads (REEU) will be offered during Summer Session I at TAMU (June 1 – June 30, 2017).  Benefits of the program include 3-hours of course credit, undergraduate research experience in water quality, a $2,500 stipend, housing at Texas A&M University during the program, a meal allowance of $150 per week, internship… Read More →

Green infrastructure, low-impact development focus of Feb. 2 workshop in Dallas

A Green Infrastructure/Low-Impact Development Workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 2 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Road in Dallas. The workshop is sponsored by the Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Nikki Dictson, AgriLife Extension program specialist with the institute, said the workshop will address the design, installation and benefits of low-impact development, or LID, in urban areas. It will also include a tour of LID structures at the Dallas center,… Read More →

Alumni Spotlight: Jerald Huggins

Jerald Huggins received his BS from the department in 1997. He currently owns and operates the two bustling and delightfully efficient Chick-Fil-A locations in the city of College Station. What degrees have you obtained from Texas A&M University? I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Systems Management in 1997. What drew you to A&M? My brother attended Texas A&M and graduated in 1992 with an Agricultural Development Degree. I visited a few times and fell in love with the atmosphere. Additionally, I grew up in a… Read More →

Faculty Spotlight: Colonel Russell McGee

Colonel McGee came to Texas A&M as a young Texas farm boy who wanted an affordable education with a family atmosphere. Life took Colonel McGee around the globe but like so many other Aggies, College Station called him home to Aggieland. What degrees do you have and where were they obtained? B.S. Agricultural Engineering, TAMU, 1985 M.E. Agricultural Engineering, TAMU, 1997 Master of Military Studies, Marine Corps University, Quantico VA, 1999. What drew you to Texas A&M University? I attended Texas A&M as an undergraduate from 1981 to… Read More →

Adjunct Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Robert De Otte

Dr. Robert DeOtte is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) and an adjunct faculty member of the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at Texas A&M University. He has collaborated his research efforts with other members of the department including Drs. John Sweeten, Brent Auvermann, and Ken Casey. In 2010 Drs. DeOtte, Auvermann, and Casey received a $470,000 NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant directed at air quality research.  Dr. DeOtte coupled the particle imaging velocimeter (PIV) and associated instrumentation with his dispersion… Read More →

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 →