Baughman Returns to Texas and Texas A&M AgriLife
Todd Baughman, Ph.D., will return to Texas to function director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock. He’ll start on April 1, changing longtime director Jaroy Moore, Ph.D., who’s retiring.
Todd Baughman, Ph.D., has been chosen to guide the Texas A&M AgriLife Analysis and Extension Middle in Lubbock, starting April 1.
“We’re more than happy to have Dr. Baughman return to Texas A&M and lead our analysis efforts at Lubbock,” stated G. Cliff Lamb, director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research.
“His management shall be essential as the middle works to strengthen agricultural programs and economies within the South Plains and deal with key agricultural points by means of modern analysis.”
The Texas A&M AgriLife middle at Lubbock is likely one of the 13 facilities throughout Texas working to advance analysis, public outreach and academic packages all through the state. Every middle tailors its mission to satisfy the wants of the area.
Constructing on the successes of the Texas A&M AgriLife middle in Lubbock
In taking the management function on the middle, Baughman stated his priorities would be the continued growth of analysis and Extension packages that help the agricultural trade within the Southern Excessive Plains and make sure the success and viability of producers and agricultural trade in that area.
“The middle has an impressive historical past of offering helpful instruments to the agricultural trade, and due to that, they’ve large neighborhood and commodity group help, which has made it a central hub for our agricultural trade,” he stated.
“The chance to work with the unimaginable Lubbock college and workers to proceed constructing these relationships and collaborations is a good alternative and never one that’s out there at plenty of different locations.”
Being within the middle of the world’s largest cotton patch, Baughman stated cotton is clearly one of many commodities on the forefront of wants. Nevertheless, water can also be a significant concern, whether or not that’s irrigation, rainfall or water conservation.
“Amongst many issues, water administration is a precedence for our college and our packages,” he stated. “We’ve a big acreage of dryland, and we’d like to have the ability to assist these producers handle water as a useful resource in addition to assist those that use water for irrigation.”
Moreover, Baughman stated Lubbock-based scientists work with different crops which can be rising within the area — corn, grain sorghum, peanuts and wheat — so there shall be continued analysis on how they combine into your entire agricultural system of the Excessive Plains.
Bringing abilities to the management place
Baughman served as a professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service crop manufacturing specialist and statewide peanut specialist for 15 years, from 1996 to 2011, within the Rolling Plains earlier than becoming a member of Oklahoma State College as a professor and weed scientist.
At Oklahoma State, he’s presently accountable for analysis and Extension actions involving weed administration in summer season crops and pastures for the state of Oklahoma. He’s primarily based in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Whereas serving in Oklahoma, Baughman has constantly linked with Texas producers within the Rolling Plains area as a speaker on the Crimson River Crops Convention and Wichita Falls Ranch, Farm and Hemp Expo. He beforehand served that area because the AgriLife Extension agronomist in Vernon, the place he labored with producers on all the things from cotton, wheat and peanuts to soil fertility and canopy crops.
Baughman stated having already labored inside Texas A&M AgriLife and having an understanding of the worth each AgriLife Analysis and AgriLife Extension carry to the state after they work in tandem shall be a profit as he assumes his new place.
“Having participated in statewide packages in each Texas and Oklahoma has supplied me a special understanding of agriculture and I imagine bringing these experiences shall be advantageous in Lubbock,” he stated. “I’m very excited to have the ability to work with the excellent college situated on the middle and with the ability to assist them obtain their targets.”
Baughman, a local of Cache, Oklahoma, earned his doctorate in weed science from Mississippi State College, and his grasp’s and bachelor’s levels in agronomy from Oklahoma State College.
He’s presently president of the Southern Weed Science Society, a member of the Weed Science Society of America and an American Peanut Analysis and Training Society Fellow. He not too long ago served as co-chair of the joint Southern Weed Science Society and Weed Science Society of America assembly in San Antonio.