A partnership between Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Rio Grande Valley

EDINBURG — The Rio Grande Valley is known for its ranching history, but one can argue that agriculture is also an important part of South Texas history. Although agriculture is not operating at the scale as it was once in the 1900s, there are still a few areas around the Valley where one can see the agriculture industry at work. Ashley Gregory from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will share her knowledge about this topic. Gregory will present, “Advancing Agriculture: Texas A&M and the Rio Grande Valley” on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. at the Museum of South Texas History.

In October 1923, a representative from Agricultural and Mechanical College from College Station sent a telegram to Rio Grande Valley farmers that explained an experiment station would be established to conduct scientific research on local crops. Originally known as Substation No. 15, it was the place where research began immediately on root rot, freezes, salty irrigation water and marketing campaigns of the region. Through research, the Rio Grande Valley developed a rich history of solving some of the toughest problems in agriculture and the capacity to produce unique but flavorful varieties of sugarcane, onions and grapefruit. Gregory’s presentation will also highlight the research of other crops such as cotton.

Gregory, a native of Edinburg, earned an undergraduate degree in Agriculture Business from Texas State University in San Marcos. She joined Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in 2008 as a field technician at the District Research and Extension Center in Weslaco. While working with the center, Gregory earned a master’s degree in Plant and Soil Science from Texas A&M University – Kingsville. In 2015, she was hired as the County Extension Agent for Horticulture with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension serving Hidalgo County.

Sunday Speaker Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the MOSTHistory are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship and must provide their FRIENDship upon entrance.