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New Ag Division Staff in Place

Posted Aug. 31, 2005

In the June issue of NF Ag News and Views, I covered staff changes and listed the Agricultural Division's current organizational structure. Now, I am pleased to announce we've filled some of the open positions.

Dr. Robert Wells is the livestock specialist with the NF-1 team. He is from Harlingen, Texas, and received a bachelor of science in animal science from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and his master of science in ruminant nutrition and management from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Wells received his doctor of philosophy in ruminant nutrition and beef management from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Ill. He has experience with commercial cattle operations, feedlot operations, beef cattle nutrition and research and artificial insemination, as well as managing livestock shows and rodeos and coaching rodeo teams.

Dr. Kyle Stutts is the livestock specialist with the NF-2 team. He is from Brenham, Texas, and received both his B.S. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and his M.S. from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. His graduate degrees are in animal breeding and genetics (M.S.) and Physiology of Reproduction (Ph.D.).

Kimberly Radcliff is a post-graduate assistant. She is from Chillicothe, Mo., and received her B.S. in animal science at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. She primarily will be assisting the livestock specialists and agricultural economists with collecting and processing data from a special cow-calf project.

Dr. Jon Biermacher is the research team economist. He began work at the Foundation on Aug. 1 after receiving his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in agricultural economics in May 2005. He received his M.S. in agricultural economics and his B.S. in agribusiness economics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill. He will provide economic insight and direction to the research and demonstration efforts in support of consultation within the Agricultural Division and will also assist the Forage Improvement Division.

The division is interviewing candidates for two agricultural economics specialist positions and a horticulture specialist position. We hope those vacancies are filled by the time you read this article. Check our Web site for staff updates. Also, another wildlife specialist will be added before the end of 2005.

If you call to order Ag publications, you will discover Judy Woods has retired. After more than 31 years, she decided it was time to give more attention to her grandchildren. Ag Helpline assistant Annie Coble now handles publication requests, in addition to her other duties.

Ryan Reuter, a livestock specialist, has decided to return to college for his Ph.D. His last day at the Noble Research Institute was Aug. 12, but you can contact him at Texas Tech University. Reuter will be working under the direction of Dr. Michael Galyean.

In September 2004, we announced the Wildlife Unit near Allen, Okla., would be sold and the research moved to other farms. The sale was finalized July 22, 2005. The new owners have given us the unique opportunity to continue some data collection and to have limited use of the farm for educational events. This will allow for a smooth transition and provide us more time to initiate new projects.

All Ag Division teams and groups should be fully staffed soon. We appreciate our cooperators and collaborators being patient with us as we say goodbye to some staff and as we add new personnel.