At A Glance

Thank you and Farewell!

2023 Fall Enrollment Statistics

Thought Leader Series: Don Close

Top 20 Under 40: Emma Eickhoff

2023 Scholarship Banquet and Ag Day

TCFA Beef Showcase

Ultrasound Certification Event

Buffs at Home

Buffs on the Move

Dates To Remember

9/28: Opera Cowgirls

9/30: Fall Gather Honoring Dr. Paul Engler

Thank you and Farewell!

Mrs. Emma Deer has been a Graduate Assistant in the Dean’s Office for the past two years and has been an invaluable resource in assisting students and faculty

with academic information in regard to degree plans,

progress towards degree completion, graduation, commencement,

as well as selflessly assisting with all of the events our office manages.

Emma graduated in August with her Master of Agriculture degree.

She and her husband are moving to Clifton, TX,

where she will be managing her family’s planned vineyard.

We are appreciative of her efforts and wish her well on her next adventure!

Thought Leader Series: Don Close

Don Close is the Chief Research & Analytics Officer at Terrain,

a team of economists and analysts who provide insights on economic factors,

trends and agricultural markets.

Don’s prior experience includes his work as a senior animal protein analyst

at Rabobank and as a market director for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, 

where he worked on all economic and market-sensitive policy issues

for cattle feeders in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

In the first Thought Leader Series

that the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences has hosted this fall,

Don discussed risks/challenges and opportunities that U.S. agriculture faces.

Top 20 Under 40 Young Professional

Emma Eickhoff, B.S. Environmental Science '16, was recognized as a Top 20 Under 40

Young Professional from the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce!

The Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Top 20 Under 40 Young Professional

award is awarded to young professionals, who have been nominated

and have lived and worked in Amarillo for three years.

Emma serves as the Director of Business Development at Talon/LPE, Ltd.

Talon/LPE is a leading environmental services provider with multiple locations

across Texas, including two offices in Amarillo.

She earned her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from WT in 2016

and followed it with a Master's in Communication in 2018.

During her tenure at WT, she was not only a successful student-athlete, 

she also worked in the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership.

"These experiences instilled in me the discipline and qualities

that contribute to my success in my current role."

View Emma's Video Here

2023 Scholarship Banquet and Ag Day Celebration

TCFA Beef Showcase

Feedyard Carcass Steer Educational Contest

Texas Cattle Feeders Association hosted their Annual Beef Showcase

in the Happy State Bank Academic and Research Building on Tuesday, September 19th.

Participants competed in steer judging from videos and a carcass match,

a beef industry knowledge and skills contest, a beef harvest and fabrication presentation,

a Texas Beef Council Chef presentation,

and ended the day with a reception and awards presentation!

Ultrasound Certification Event

for International Ultrasound Technicians

Dr. Ty Lawrence, Caviness Davis Distinguished Chair in Meat Science

and Professor of Animal Science and Director of the Beef Carcass Research Center (BCRC)

and Dr. Tommy Perkins, Associate Professor of Animal Science and Dean Hawkins Chair in Cow/Calf Mgt., hosted the 2023 Ultrasound Guidelines Council (UGC) Field Certification.

The event boasted 51 large animal body composition ultrasound technicians

who participated in the exam. Two technicians were from Brazil, two from Canada

and the remainder were from various states in the US. Each technician had to ultrasound

40 head of cattle, which were later harvested at the Tyson Plant in Amarillo.

The WTAMU Beef Carcass Research Center (BCRC) team collected the carcass data

so it could be used to determine the pass/fail status of the participants.

The technicians represented one of three labs: National CUP Lab from Iowa, International Livestock Image Analysis Lab from Arkansas and UltraInsights Lab from Colorado.

This event included about 100 volunteers made up of 15 WT graduate students,

80 undergraduate students and two Oklahoma high school student recruits.

"I am always amazed at the excellent work

our students offer for these very important beef industry events.

They don’t get paid but purely volunteer

their time for the experience they gain from helping.

The participants always complement

our hard-working students for their work ethic, courteousness and positive attitude.

We could not successfully pull off this event without the help of these great students."

-Dr. Tommy Perkins

View More Here

Buffs on the Move

Students, faculty and staff represented the

Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences

traveling in September!









Garden City





Buffs at Home

Guests who visited the

Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences

in September!

Texas Pork

Leadership Tour

Randall County 4-H Entomology

Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Ranch Gathering

Ag Advisory Board

Area 1 FFA

Greenhand Camp

Texas Cattle Feeders Association Beef Showcase

Don Close

Thought Leader Speaker

A Moment with Mrs. Bachman

Dr. Pond's Ponder

"You're only here for a short visit.

Don't hurry, don't worry.

And be sure to smell the flowers along the way."

-Walter Hagen

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