USDA hosting 'field day' to give West Texas taxpayers inside loo

USDA hosting 'field day' to give West Texas taxpayers inside look at research

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

"We are solving problems in American agriculture. If there is a big problem out there that needs to be solved, we're doing it, we're on it," Alex Rooney, the Lubbock USDA crop research director, said.

Hosting a field day 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, the USDA is aiming to show West Texas the research solutions it is working on. 

Rooney said it is an open door opportunity, specifically for farmers and teachers.

"If we're doing our job well, then they're going to be happy. We want to be sure, again, that they understand what it is we're doing, how we're impacting their lives, and how we're working to make lives of all Americans better," Rooney said.

This includes research on top West Texas crops, such as cotton, sorghum, and peanuts.

Paxton Payton, a research leader at the Lubbock USDA office, said solutions will not happen overnight, but this magnitude of work is unparalleled. 

That is why he said it is vital people check out the work for themselves Tuesday morning. 

"The research here is aimed at long-term solutions to current and emerging problems, but it's research that's often too risky for industry, or too long-term for universities to undergo," Payton said.

More information on Tuesday's field day is available here from the USDA.
 

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