Texas A&M’s new vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences is touring the state for a first-hand look at new innovations to better align agriculture with a health focus to benefit producers, consumers, the environment and the economy.
Dr. Patrick Stover, also acting director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, is visiting Texas A&M’s Research and Extension centers in key portions of the state to meet with scientists, faculty members, growers, agricultural commodity association leaders and industry stakeholders.
Dr. Patrick Stover
“Texas is a vibrant, growing state,” Stover said. “There are many challenges we face in agriculture, health and the environment. There is no one better than Texas A&M AgriLife to bring together health and agriculture with new innovations and technologies that will be essential to meet the nutritional needs of the world’s growing population while preserving and improving the environment for our children.”
Stover’s visits provide a first-hand look at AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service educational programs that help agricultural producers improve efficiencies through applied science and research, as well as other projects involving human and life sciences.
Stover joined the A&M System in February from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He is a recognized leader in nutritional science as a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
At Cornell, he served as director of the Ivy League university’s Division of Nutritional Sciences, jointly administered by the College of Human Ecology and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Now at Texas A&M, Stover’s interests focus on food, nutrition and added-value agriculture. Most recently he has made visits to the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension centers in Weslaco and Corpus Christi.
Those visits included updates on a variety of topics including field crop agriculture, UAVs, mariculture, biofuel production and vector-borne diseases. The Dinner Tonight and Health Texas programs were also part of the briefings.
Stover will be visiting Amarillo and Lubbock the week of June 25 with other visits to Dallas and Overton schedule in coming months.
For more about Texas A&M AgriLife, visit https://agrilife.org/.