CCRI currently includes 19 members, mostly farmers from the Texas Blacklands. He and others will meet with Texas A&M AgriLife Research officials in October to evaluate the possibility of a partnership between CCRI, Texas A&M-Commerce and Texas A&M at College Station to secure that research farm near the Commerce campus.
“We identified bioenergy crops (canola, rapeseed and sunflowers) production as a potential profit center for this region. We all believe ‘green energy’ will have a prominent place in our economy for the foreseeable future, and we see the need to evaluate the viability of these crops in our region. This type of research will require a long time commitment for a production site.”
Scholz said all the CCRI research priorities will be easier to meet and will provide more useful data if they can be conducted on a permanent site.
“A research farm would be of inestimable value to our industry. We have assurance that scientists from TAMU-Commerce, AgriLife Extension and AgriLife Research will all avail themselves of this opportunity. Agribusiness scientists will undoubtedly be in interested in participating.”
He’s also excited about the opportunities for his alma mater. “A research farm will be invaluable for undergraduate and graduate education, as well as to provide student employment and ‘hands on’ opportunities.”
“CCRI wants to play a useful role as we advance this partnership, and we will support this program to the best of our ability. We have already invested more than $1 million in this combined research, teaching, and Extension effort over the years.”