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Plant and Soil Science Professor Named State Peanut Specialist

Jason Woodward serves on the Texas Peanut Producers Board, coordinating research and educational programs.

Written by Melanie Hess

As peanut specialist, Woodward will focus on maximizing profitability by addressing current and emerging disease, and agronomic issues.

As peanut specialist, Woodward will focus on maximizing profitability by addressing current and emerging disease, and agronomic issues.

An associate professor in the Texas Tech Department of Plant and Soil Science was recently named state peanut specialist for Texas, one of the top five peanut-producing states in the nation.

In his position as peanut specialist, Jason Woodward will serve as a liaison for the Texas Peanut Producers Board and coordinate research and educational programs addressing peanut production. He will focus on maximizing profitability by addressing current and emerging disease, and agronomic issues.

“I enjoy working for peanuts,” Woodward said. “I think due to their unique role, it is important to stay grounded in this area, and I feel privileged to work with producers, consultants and other researchers regarding peanuts.”

In addition to his work as a professor, Woodward works as a plant pathologist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Lubbock.

Throughout his teaching career at Texas Tech, Woodward has taught courses in agricultural plant pathology and served as a leader for both undergraduate and graduate students. He has contributed to 16 journal articles and served as the principal investigator for more than $600,000 in applied research projects.

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Department of Plant & Soil Science

The mission of the Department of Plant & Soil Science is to improve plants for human use, increase knowledge about our environment, and enhance sustainable practices in plant production and value-added processing through education, research, and outreach.

The department is a comprehensive academic department conducting research and offering coursework and academic programs in all areas of the plant and soil sciences.

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