Texas A&M University-Kingsville USDA Directors Visit Texas A&M University- Kingsville.
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USDA Directors Visit Texas A&M University- Kingsville.

Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

USDA Directors with faculty

Two directors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) visited Texas A&M University- Kingsville to talk with students and tour the university’s research facilities.

Jacqueline Padrón, Program Director of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) National Program with the USDA is new to her position and currently learning about the different universities that work with her office. Ruby De La Garza joined her for the visit. De La Garza is the USDA, HSI Regional Director for Texas.

During their visit Padrón and De La Garza met with President Dr. Steven Tallant. They also talked with faculty and students who went through HSI programs. The former students shared their success stories. In total, three former and four current USDA funded students discussed how research has changed their lives.

Two of the former HSI funded Master students, Dr. Veronica Ancona and Dr. Catherine Simpson, were in attendance and expressed the importance of the funding support to help them obtain master’s degrees in Plant and Soil Science from A&M-Kingsville, then continue on for doctorate degrees at Texas A&M University- College Station. They are now both employed at the A&M-Kingsville Citrus Center as Assistant Professors. 

The visit concluded with tours of the Citrus Center laboratories, educational facilities, outside field and greenhouse. They also took time to tour the Vet Tech facilities.


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