WESLACO, Texas – John Robinson has been named economist in cotton marketing for Texas Cooperative Extension and will be relocating from Weslaco to Texas A&M University's Department of Agricultural Economics at College Station.

Robinson succeeds Carl Anderson, who retired after 35 years in the position.

Robinson has been the Extension agricultural economist at the Texas A&M University System Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Weslaco since 1997.

"Replacing a retiring colleague is one thing, but replacing a retiring colleague who happens to be a legend is a challenge," Dr. Robinson said.

Gene Nelson, head of Texas A&M's agricultural economics department, said despite having to fill such large shoes, Robinson is more than up to the challenge.

"As a result of John's experience at Weslaco, his three years on the Mississippi State University faculty, and his work in the areas of risk management, cotton marketing, tillage systems and boll weevil eradication, he is well prepared for this assignment," said Nelson. "We are confident in John's ability to assume this statewide leadership role with the cotton industry."

Robinson officially assumes his duties in January, but he and his family won't be moving to Texas A&M in College Station until March after tying up loose ends.

"My responsibility will be to coordinate and deliver educational programs for the cotton industry in the area of price-risk management, which involves hedging with futures and options contracts," Robinson said. "I will also be analyzing the supply-and-demand conditions that affect the outlook for cotton markets."

He anticipates bringing a multi-disciplinary focus to his educational programs, as befits his background in production and policy.

Jose Amador, center director at Weslaco, said, "Dr. Robinson will bring much economic expertise and experience to his new position, and he will be a huge asset to the cotton industry in the state and the nation. And while we hate to lose him in Weslaco, I am very proud that Texas A&M officials look to the Weslaco center to fill their top positions."

Robinson is a native of Austin. He earned all his degrees at Texas A&M University, including bachelor's and master's degrees in entomology and a doctorate in agricultural economics. Robinson lives in McAllen with his wife, Meghan, and 11-month old daughter, Madeline.

Robinson was an agriculture economist with Mississippi State University before returning to Texas and the experiment station in Weslaco.

Rod Santa Ana III is a writer for Texas A&M University.

e-mail: r-santaana@tamu.edu