COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Mark Lee McFarland, a professor and soil fertility specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, was honored with the Texas A&M System’s Regents Fellow Service Award at the Texas A&M AgriLife conference here in January.
McFarland began his career in 1978 as a research technician at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo. In 2003, he achieved the rank of professor. He also serves as water and soil fertility specialist for the state of Texas.
McFarland’s primary areas of focus include soil fertility management, watershed and water resource management, domestic and irrigation water quality, and disturbed and contaminated land reclamation.
A significant part of his research and educational programming focuses on the efficient use of nitrogen and phosphorus in crop production systems.
McFarland has conducted more than 250 field-applied research projects and delivered more than 530 educational programs to agricultural producers and land managers across the state, the award noted.
Since 2000, McFarland has coordinated the Southern Region Water Quality Program, a 13-state land-grant university collaborative dedicated to research and outreach resource development.
In 2007, McFarland and his collaborators were recognized with the Extension Superior Service Team Award and shared in the 2008 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award presented to the Rio Grande Basin Initiative.
The Regents Fellow Service Award was established in 1997 to recognize exceptional service by professionals in Texas A&M System agencies.