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Coming off of an 11-3 season in 2013, the West Texas A&M football team was picked second in the 2014 Lone Star Conference Preseason Poll Tuesday at the annual conference football media day at Coyote Ridge Golf Course in Carrollton, Texas.
Tarleton State, the co-defending champion from 2013, was picked as preseason conference favorite, followed by the Buffs and co-defending champion Eastern New Mexico was selected third.
The Texans had a league-best eight first place votes and 139 points as the poll was voted on by the league’s coaches, sports information directors and various media representatives throughout the league.
WT, coming off its second-straight NCAA playoff appearance and berth in the NCAA National Quarterfinal, tallied 127 points and four first place votes. ENMU have five first place votes and 115 points, followed by Midwestern State with two first place nods and 111 points.
The Rams of Angelo State were selected fifth with 99 points and one first place vote. Texas A&M-Commerce rounded out the first place votes with one and 95 points which was good for sixth. Texas A&M-Kingsville was selected seventh with 49 points and conference affiliate member McMurry was eighth with 21 points.
Angelo State junior quarterback Kyle Washington was selected as LSC Offensive Player of the Year, while Texas A&M-Commerce senior defensive lineman Charles Tuaau was named LSC Defensive Player of the Year.
WT opens the 2014 season Thurs., Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. (CT) at Colorado State-Pueblo. The home slate begins Sat., Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium versus Tarleton State.
Following the most successful athletic and academic season in school history, the West Texas A&M Athletic Department invites members of Buff Nation to join us for the annual WT Athletics Kickoff Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, August 21st at I Don’t Know Sports Bar & Grill in Amarillo beginning at 11:45 a.m.
Tickets for the event are $15 and ONLY available for advance purchase, fans can purchase their tickets online or by calling the WT Ticket Office at (806) 651-1414. Local fans can purchase their tickets at the WT Ticket Office located inside of the First United Bank Center on Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The final day to purchase tickets for the event will be Friday, August 15th.
The event, presented by the WT Buffalo Club, will see head football coach Mike Nesbitt along with selected student-athletes taking the stage to talk about progress of preseason workouts along with a preview of the upcoming campaign. Coaches and student-athletes from the other fall sports will also be on hand to meet-and-greet with members of Buff Nation.
Following lunch, the WT Athletic Department is proud to welcome current Fox Sports Southwest Host/Reporter and former Lady Buff softball standout Erin Hartigan as the event’s special guest speaker. Hartigan played for the Lady Buffs from 2006-09, being named an All-Region selection her senior season while graduating with her degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Texas Panhandle dairy producers are benefiting from a substantial drop in dairy product inventories. The latest USDA Cold Storage Report shows an 88-million pound drop in the total cheese category, and butter is down by more than 130-million pounds. Hereford dairyman and KGNC contributor Mike Schouten said the progress made in eradicating the industry’s historic problem with excessive supplies is helping boost prices. “It was about this time last year that we were talking about that albatross of butter and the weight of inventory around dairymen’s necks that was dragging the price of Class III milk down into the low seventeen’s and high sixteen’s,” Schouten said, noting that current prices on the futures markets are running well above $21 per hundredweight now.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is conducting an event for cattlemen called Panhandle Ranch Management. Topics to be covered include animal health and nutrition, rangeland management, herbicide use, options for leasing grazing land, and how to handle oil and gas contracts for your operation. The program will be August 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the AgriLife Center in Amarillo. There is no cost, three CEUs will be offered, and an RSVP is requested by August 14. For more information, go here http://amarillo.tamu.edu/event/panhandle-ranch-management-2/
There has been a scientific breakthrough in wheat. In her weekly report for KGNC, Steelee Fischbacher of Texas Wheat Producers announced that a draft wheat genome sequence has been published by a consortium that has been working on the project for more than ten years. Fischbacher said the project is taking so long because of wheat’s genetic composition is very intricate. “The wheat genome is more complex than even humans’ and is more complex than any of the other field crops.” The project is expected to take three more years, but Fischbacher said, “Once they get this genome mapped, it’s going to speed up the wheat breeding process,” resulting in quicker development of new varieties with greater strength in aspects such as yield capacity, heat tolerance, and disease resistance.
The USDA-Farm Service Agency will begin accepting nominations for the upcoming FSA county committee elections. In order to serve on an FSA county committee, a candidate must be someone who is actually participating in or cooperating in an FSA program and must be eligible to vote in a county committee election. To learn more about county committee service and the nomination process, go here http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=cce