For the second time in a decade, the Texas Wheat Producers Board has presented the Outstanding Wheat County Extension Agent award to Scott Strawn, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agent for Ochiltree County. Strawn was recognized at the annual Texas County Agriculture Agents Association meeting on July 17 in Odessa.
Ochiltree County is traditionally one of the highest wheat-producing counties in the state. In 2016, Ochiltree County harvested 115,500 acres of wheat, the third highest in Texas. To serve this unique growing region, Strawn conducts regional variety and fertility trials and hosts multiple small grains programs, including the annual Wheatheart Classic.
“County extension agents play an important role in educating wheat producers and providing them with the resources to increase their yields and efficiency,” said Rodney Mosier, Texas Wheat Producers executive vice president. “Strawn is known for his personal, hands-on approach to producer relations. His dedication to the wheat industry has been invaluable, not only to producers in Ochiltree County, but throughout the area and state.”
Strawn utilizes multiple outlets, including printed publications and radio programs, to keep producers updated on industry news and upcoming events. His educational efforts focus on real world production issues which helps local farmers seek profitable options for their operations.
Strawn was nominated by Texas A&M AgriLife Regional Program Leader Danny Nusser who praised his experience in wheat production.
“I consider Scott to be one of the most successful and credible educators in small grains,” said Nusser. “He does a great job responding to emerging needs with insects, freeze injury and risk management decisions.”