Texas A&M AgriLife announces move from Amarillo to Canyon


By Kay Ledbetter

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center of Amarillo will move to Canyon to complete an agricultural research, education and outreach powerhouse on the West Texas A&M University campus.

Funding for the new, $30 million center was approved May 19 by The Texas A&M University Board of Regents. Of that total, $20 million will come from the Permanent University Fund established by the State of Texas and $10 million from Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Chancellor John Sharp announced the move at a May 25 press conference in the Texas A&M Veterinary Education, Research and Outreach building on the WT campus. The new facility will be constructed to the northeast of The Charles W. “Doc” Graham ’53 DVM, The Texas A&M University System Center, which encompasses VERO and the Charles W. Graham DVM Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.

“We’re here today to announce something that only The Texas A&M University System could have accomplished. We’re bringing all of our resources together in one spot,” Sharp said. “We’re bringing together some of the best minds in agriculture together in collaboration right here in Canyon. This will be a real game-changer for agribusiness in Texas.”

Construction is expected to be complete in early 2024 at the northeast corner of the WT campus. The building will be home to about 60 employees working for the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agencies.

WT President Walter V. Wendler said the move complements WT’s sincere focus on agricultural issues across the Texas Panhandle and beyond.

“Moving the Texas A&M AgriLife Center to the WT campus completes the synergy that The Texas A&M University System provides for our region,” Wendler said. “The new AgriLife Research and Extension Center building will create a one-stop-shop for teaching, research and service provided by WT and Texas A&M University.”

This new building on Russell Long Boulevard will be clustered with WT’s Agricultural Sciences Complex, which contains the Happy State Bank Academic and Research building, the Caviness Meat Science and Innovation Center, the Piehl-Schaeffer Pavilion and the Bain Event Center; the VERO building; and the Charles W. Graham DVM Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. 

“What The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents have created on this campus is un-paralleled in regional higher education across the country,” Wendler said. “The opportunities made possible by this partnership will advance the research and outreach missions of all of our institutions.”

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