Dr. Robert Lemon has been appointed interim state cotton specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Dr. Travis Miller, associate head and Extension program leader for soil and crop sciences, recently made the announcement.

Lemon's interim appointment follows the retirement of Dr. James Supak, who formerly served as Extension program leader and state cotton specialist.

Lemon is currently serving as the state specialist-peanuts and as cotton specialist for central Texas and the upper Gulf Coast. Lemon will continue his role as state specialist-peanuts but will assume his new duties immediately, Miller said.

“I'm excited about Dr. Lemon's energy, technical skills and the innovation he will bring to the cotton industry in this new role,” Miller said. “He will be a point of contact for the state and the national cotton industry, cotton producers of the state and Extension faculty with interests in cotton.”

Lemon will also serve in a coordinating role with other specialists and scientists with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Services and Texas Tech University in developing innovative educational programs, applied research directed at minimizing production risk, and maximizing profit potential in light of the many problems that face the cotton producer and the cotton industry.