Farm Progress

Drs. Patrick and Denise Stover tour Texas A&M Extension research stations

New Yorkers become Texans, "I felt at home right away."

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

July 4, 2018

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Moving from Ithaca, New York, to College Station, Texas, Drs. Patrick J. and Denise Stover have begun touring Texas A&M Research and Extension centers throughout Texas, "to get a good sense of what research is going and how we engage with our key stakeholders, including farmers and ranchers."

Patrick is the new vice chancellor and dean of Life Sciences. Recently empty-nesters, sending the last of their four children off to college, the couple decided this was the perfect time to try something new. 

"We're pinching ourselves," says Denise, who is still working part-time for Cornell University. "It's been been a whirlwind."

Southwest Farm Press caught up with the Stovers at the Texas A&M Research Station at Halfway, Texas, where Denise says of Texans, "I just love the people. I felt at home right away. Everybody has their heart on their sleeve, and you know where you stand and they tell you what they think.

"We’ve seen vegetable producers down in Weslaco, and we’ve seen cattle, dairy, corn and cotton here, and from both places, with different climates and with the different challenges they are facing, their goal is always to produce the best product. Hard work is not an issue. It’s, 'Let’s work together.' Let’s make it great.'"

Patrick, who's primary objective is to be sure that Texas be the recognized leader, not only to the United States but for the world, on how agriculture can meet all of the demands that society places on it, says he and his wife agree on a lot of things, but one thing they "absolutely agree on," about the producers they've met, is the entrepreneurial spirit of Texas. "It's like no where I have ever been.

"And the optimism, despite a lot of the challenges, and the welcoming expressions that we’ve had from all Texans, has been very rewarding for us."

See New vice chancellor, dean aims to increase food quality, reduce diet-related chronic disease


About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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