Texas A&M AgriLife faculty and staff were recently recognized during the Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence Ceremony held virtually this year.
The awards, established in 1980, recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions displayed across Texas A&M AgriLife and celebrate the contributions and achievements of faculty, students and staff members.
The County Agent award is a part of the Extension Education Awards and was presented this year to Hockley and Cochran County Integrated Pest Management Agent, Kerry Siders. Siders has conducted over 400 applied research and demonstration trials related to integrated pest management and crop production for cotton, grain sorghum, peanuts and other crops. His data helps producers make reliable pest and production management decisions and provides industry unbiased information about new products. Siders has developed innovative outreach methods such as an IPM text messaging service and a newsletter with updates on research, growing conditions and policy.
Siders has over 30 years experience with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. He first became an Integrated Pest Management Agent in Dimmitt in 1990 serving Castro and Lamb Counties, he then went to Floydada as a County Agent and then to Terry County before moving to Hockley County in 1996 as the Integrated Pest Management Agent serving Hockley and Cochran County.