The Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Dallas was born of an agricultural need… …to address the harsh conditions of Texas Blackland soil. Finding viable means of crop production on the land was critical… …to settlement and eventual urban growth in the North Texas region. The center began as part of the Texas Research Foundation… 75 years ago in 1944. It served as an experiment station, research laboratory, and home of the
Southwest Herbarium of more than 200 thousand plant species. The Dallas center, of course, it was a, pretty much, stand-alone research organization… …which was oriented toward the research needs for the Blackland Prairie… …which is the soil type and area in which Dallas is located. At its largest, the center encompassed more than 850 acres… …of agricultural row cropping research plots. The center is renowned for addressing soil health across the region… …with methods that included the famed Renner Rangeland and cropping systems. They improved the soil and farming economics with novel approaches to rotation and grazing. An agricultural extension sevice was added to the center in 1966, and the Texas A&M University System assumed control of the center in 1972, as rapid urban development continued across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Since then, the center has continued as a flashpoint for agricultural innovation. ♫♪ As I came in, we were really starting to transition over to a primarily urban audience. So we were looking at things like the green industry, which included things like nurseries and green houses, parks, golf courses, all kinds of things like that, which weren’t really often considered as agriculture, yet, relied heavily on sound agricultural practices to be successful. ♫♪ Today, the Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Dallas sits on 79 acres… surrounded by urban development on all borders. It is one of 13 AgriLife Research &
Extension centers across Texas, each serving the most pressing
agricultural needs of its respective region. In Dallas, that means addressing the challenges of urban development… by growing sustainable food and ornamental plants in cities; by conserving and increasing important urban tree populations; by seeking and teaching emerging methods for water and land resource management; and by educating Texans for increased public health. Each center is a home base for the AgriLife entities contributing to our overarching mission. We seek to understand the mechanisms that allow
for better nutrition, production and resilience. We investigate new methods for conserving and rebuilding
natural resources and healthier environments. And we create opportunities for rural and urban
Texans to engage in these incentives together. Part of the genius of the Texas A&M System is that many
strengths that reside within the various agencies… …and the universities can be brought to bear… …in a seemlessly integrated approach to the challenges facing society. Our efforts aim to increase public health through science, technology and outreach, and to develop the next generation of leaders. Welcome to the Dallas center.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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