Technology and Agriculture: Implications for Business, the Environment and What’s for Dinner


Technology may not be the first thing that comes to mind when standing in the middle of a corn field, or while driving by a dairy farm, but the influence is strong for those working in agricultural production, and for every consumer. This nEXT Talk will highlight ways technology has revolutionized agriculture, considerations of feeding the world population and what it means to invest in the development of agricultural technology.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Ted McCollum:

Dr. Ted McCollum is the Extension beef cattle specialist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo. From this location, McCollum serves the North Region (Panhandle, South Plains, Rolling Plains districts). In the north region, Dr. McCollum assists Texas AgriLife Extension Service county staff with educational programming, directs beef cattle programs for producers, provides assistance to cattle producers and industry groups, and conducts field research. At the state level, he assists with statewide programs and serves as a resource person for beef cattle nutrition and stocker cattle programs. Interests include production management of all phases of commercial cattle and beef production from rangeland and forage-based production systems to cattle feeding systems.

McCollum is a member of the animal nutrition section in the Department of Animal Science and the graduate faculty of Texas A&M University, as well as adjunct faculty at West Texas A&M University. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Baylor University, his master’s degree in animal science from New Mexico State University and his doctorate in ruminant nutrition from New Mexico State University. He is a Professional Animal Scientist and Diplomate of the American College of Animal Nutrition in the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.

Dr. Travis Miller:

Dr. Travis Miller is a professor, Associate Department Head and Extension Program Leader of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. As Associate Department Head, Dr. Miller leads a group of specialists who serve as the interface between the university and the public on matters related to crops, forages, turfgrass, soils, water, and the environment. He received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Texas Tech University.

During his career, Miller has presented approximately 1,300 educational programs in 150 Texas counties.  In the field, his main emphasis has been   the development of productive wheat and oilseed management systems, with an emphasis on proper placement of fertilizer and its importance in wheat forage production, the importance of genetic diversity in managing disease and insect pests of wheat, the development of an early soybean production system for central and east Texas and the identification of management strategies for managing herbicide resistant ryegrass in wheat. Among recognitions for his successful career, he has received the Norman E. Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Plant Protection Association, the United Soybean Board Extension Meritorious Service award and was recognized by the Texas A&M University System with the Regents Fellow Service Award in 2010.