TRAINING WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE AGROECOSYSTEMS
AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
West Texas A&M University, June 3-21, 1996
The Dryland Agriculture Institute of West Texas A&M University is
conducting a training workshop on Sustainable Agroecosystems and
Environmental Issues, June 3-21, 1996. The workshop is designed to
present information on sustainable agricultural systems and
environmental issues, and to visit research facilities and farm
fields in the southern and central United States Great Plains. The
region is one of the largest dryland agriculture regions of the
world, and its development has had both positive and negative impacts
on crop production and the environment. Experiences of the region
are a valuable resource base for scientists, technology transfer
personnel, planners and policy makers for other semiarid regions of
the world. Soil degradation was very pronounced during early
development of the area and led to very severe wind erosion.
Technologies have been developed that have arrested most soil
degradation and increased yields.
The Great Plains is also a major irrigated region but the water
resource is being depleted, particularly in the southern Great
Plains. Attention will be given to technologies and practices
designed to use limited water supplies in dryland regions. The
conjunctive use of limited water supplies and rainfall is extremely
important in semiarid regions and a wealth of information and
experience has been obtained in the area.
The workshop will begin on the campus of West Texas A&M
University, in Canyon, Texas, 25 km south of Amarillo. However,
approximately two of the three weeks will be spent traveling through
the southern and central Great Plains visiting research facilities,
farms, and ranches. Participants will travel approximately 5,500 km
through portions of five states - Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico.
WORKSHOP DIRECTORS/TOUR ESCORTS
Dr. B.A. Stewart is director of the Dryland Agriculture Institute and
distinguished professor of soil science at West Texas A&M University.
He was formerly director of the USDA Conservation and Production
Research Laboratory, Bushland, Texas; past president of the Soil
Science Society of America; and a member of the 1990-93 Committee on
Long Range Soil and Water Policy, National Research Council, National
Academy of Sciences. Dr. Clay Robinson is assistant professor of
soil and crop sciences, Division of Agriculture, West Texas A&M
University. He did his graduate work at Iowa State University and
was assistant professor of soil and plant sciences at Eastern New
Mexico University prior to joining West Texas A&M University in 1994.
FOR MORE INFORMATION Dryland Agriculture Institute
Telephone (806) 656-2299 West Texas A&M University
Fax (806) 656-2938 WTAMU Box 278
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Canyon, Texas 79016-0001
Clay A. Robinson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Plant Science
West Texas A&M University
Canyon, TX 79016-0001
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