Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
District VI Center Faculty and Staff
District Extension Administrator
Brenda Rue received her bachelor’s degree in home economics education, and her master’s degree in personal and family financial management from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
She joined the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in 1986 as a family and consumer sciences agent in San Saba County and served in similar capacities in Andrews and Ector counties before accepting her position as a District Extension Administrator (DEA) in Fort Stockton in 2000.
Ms. Rue is is responsible for one of 12 district offices in the state and takes care of staffing, professional development and management of county extension agents in 23 counties in far west Texas. She coordinates and evaluates educational programming delivered by the agents, and in her role as DEA, she serves as a liaison with County Commissioners’ Courts, key leaders, and state and federal elected officials to improve the lives of clientele in far west Texas.
4-H and Youth Development
The 4-H and Youth Development Programming in the Far West Texas Extension District 6 of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is lead by Extension Program Specialist for 4-H, Matt Tarpley. Tarpley received his Bachelors of Education (1982), and Master of Science – Teaching (1988) from Tarleton State University. In his twenty-six year Extension career, Tarpley has served as County Extension Agent – Agriculture in Williamson County (1984 – 1988) and in Palo Pinto County (1988 – 1993) before moving into his current position (1993 – present).
As District 4-H Specialist, his responsibilities include being the chief resource person to County Extension Agents in respect to Positive Youth Development. Program planning, educational program delivery, volunteer management and volunteer development are areas of support to the County 4-H and Youth Development Programs.
Extension Animal Science
Dr. Bruce Carpenter, associate professor and Extension livestock specialist, is headquartered at the District VI Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Center in Ft. Stockton. He is also a member of the physiology of reproduction section in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M. He received his bachelor’s in animal science and range science at New Mexico State University. He earned both master’s and doctorate degrees at Texas A&M University in Physiology of Reproduction.
Carpenter’s Extension activities include district responsibilities in a 23 county area in the Far West Texas district where he interacts with County Extension Agents, livestock producers, and allied industry to conduct educational programs and applied research targeting range livestock (cattle, sheep, goats), horses, and ranch and natural resource management and planning. At the regional and state levels, he is active in Integrated Toxic Plant Management, the Southwest Beef Symposium, and cattle pregnancy determination and artificial insemination clinics.
Extension Agricultural Economics
Dr. Robert “Rob” Hogan is an Assistant Professor and Extension Economist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. He is the district economist in District 6 and is stationed at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Center in Fort Stockton. Rob received his B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University in 1972. He earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University in 2003. During the intervening years, Rob ranched with his family in the eastern Panhandle of Texas.
As the District Economist, his responsibilities include presentation of economically related information and applied research in management, marketing, and policy for stakeholders in Far West Texas such as farmers and ranchers, merchandisers, processors, and lenders. His interests include farm and ranch management, production economics, economic markets, and product marketing.
Dr. Mark Muegge is an Associate Professor and Extension Entomology Specialist in the Department of Entomology. Dr. Muegge received a B.S. in Entomology from Purdue University, an M.S. in Entomology from The University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in Entomology. My program focuses on improving IPM of agricultural commodities such as alfalfa, pecans, and cotton via applied research, and increasing adoption of IPM strategies by Texas clientele through educational programs, extension publications, field days, electronic media, and local, regional, national and international meetings. Additional extension activities revolve around assisting county extension agents with development and implementation of training programs that address the entomological needs of Texas clientele. These training or educational programs include commercial crops, home and garden, medical/veterinary, and structural insect IPM. I also conduct taxonomic research on a primitive group of soil and litter inhabiting Hexapods, (Diplura: Japygidae). To date, I have described four species new to science; two of these from Texas.
M.A. Muegge, A.E. Knutson. 2011. Mating Disruption of Pecan Nut Casebearer (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in Pecans. (In preparation).
Knutson, A.E., M.A. Muegge. 2010. A Degree-Day Model Initiated by Pheromone Trap Captures for Managing Pecan Nut Casebearer (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in Pecans. Econ. Entomol. 103(3): 735-743.
Knutson, A.E., M.A. Muegge, L.T. Wilson and S. E. Naranjo. 2008. Evaluation of Sampling Methods and Development of Sample Plans for Estimating Predator Densities in Cotton. Econ. Entomol. 101(4): 1501-1509.
Muegge, M.A. 2004. Description of Evalljapyx limpia n. sp. (Diplura: Japygidae) from the Davis Mountains of West Texas. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 106(4): 923-927.
Extension Range Management
Dr. Alyson McDonald is an Assistant Professor and Extension Range Specialist in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Dr. McDonald received her B.S. (1994) in Animal Science – Range Management from Angelo State University and her M.S. in Natural Resource Management (2001) from Sul Ross State University. She completed her Ph.D. (2010) in Water Management and Hydrological Science at Texas A&M University. Previous research includes upland hydrology, specifically rainfall runoff and infiltration within a banded vegetation pattern and also surface water – groundwater interactions along the Pecos River in West Texas. Dr. McDonald provides technical assistance and expertise to county extension agents, landowners, and livestock producers in District 6 and portions of Districts 2 and 7.